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Mobitor Meets Customer Mobile Demands Faster With Ravello

Ravello Systems, the industry’s leading nested virtualization provider, today announced that Mobitor Corporation, a leader in mobile solutions that streamline field and backend operations, uses Ravello for agile development and test environments. Ravello’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution enables Mobitor to clone its multi-tier on-premises production applications in any cloud without any modifications to the existing virtual machines or networking. Additionally, Ravello’s built-in automation for full-stack provisioning enables developers and quality assurance (QA) teams to easily leverage the unlimited resources of the public cloud.

Mobitor’s mobile-first B2B solution includes the StoreX product, a demand chain solution for the retail and consumer packaged goods industries, and the SOPIC product, a logistics solution for the medical device industry. Both products are cloud-based and offered by Mobitor under a SaaS model. Mobitor’s customers include Johnson & Johnson, Safeway Inc., and Kaiser Permanente.

“Our customers rely on us for applications that track and manage inventory in the field via their mobile devices, so efficiency is crucial for building and maintaining our solutions in real-time,” said Luke Hartsuyker, director of development at Mobitor. “Creating a new instance of our stack from our Ravello blueprint is just two clicks in the GUI or two API calls. No error prone automation code is required. We have gained hours back every week in our development process by knowing we can increase or decrease our dev/test capacity by using the public cloud at any given time."

Earlier, Mobitor’s development and test environments were hosted on-premises, but the limited capacity was a huge constraint. In addition, manually creating these complex environments was very slow and tedious.

“Mobitor’s architecture was all virtualized before, but now with Ravello, it is virtualized on steroids,” said Barrett Elliot, VP of support and infrastructure at Mobitor. “We have uploaded a copy of our production virtual machines to Ravello. If we want to make a major or minor change to production, we can quickly test it in our clone in the cloud. If we want to make additional environments available, we can easily do that with Ravello’s point and click functionality without facing any capacity constraints.”

After an evaluation of possible options, Mobitor selected Ravello because it enabled a quick and easy way to clone its environments in the public cloud by saving a blueprint of its entire multi-virtual machine (multi-VM) application stack. With Ravello, Mobitor is now able to:

  • Utilize the unlimited capacity of the cloud, by running two semi-permanent clones of its on-premises production environment in the public cloud: one for quality assurance (QA) and one for development;
  • Increase efficiency for IT and developers, by enabling self-service access to dev/test environments. Developers and QA teams can simply spin up a new instance of their stack in any cloud using their pre-configured blueprints in Ravello.

Ravello is also a key component for Mobitor implementing Continuous Integration (CI), since now any number of production clones can be quickly provisioned for running a full battery of automated tests. With Ravello, a developer is able to investigate, reproduce and fix errors in the code immediately and get faster feedback. With a pay-as-you-go SaaS model from Ravello, Mobitor is able to reduce infrastructure costs while increasing efficiency.

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About Ravello Systems

Founded in 2011, Ravello Systems delivers a Software-as-a-Service that enables developers, DevOps and IT to easily use the unlimited resources of the public cloud to develop and test their on-premise applications. Ravello’s nested virtualization enables enterprises to encapsulate their multi-tier applications and run them in any cloud – without making any changes whatsoever. Ravello Systems is backed by top tier VCs including Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners. For more information, visit www.ravellosystems.com.

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