HowTo: Platform9 + Ravello + VMware

Justin Warren of eigenmagic comments:

RavelloSystems provides a cloud-based platform for spinning up a test-lab quickly and easily, and it supports VMware’s vSphere/ESXi hypervisor through nested hypervisors (running ESXi on a Google or AWS compute instance).

Platform9 is a cloud-based automation and control platform for spinning up and managing an OpenStack environment quickly and easily, and it supports VMware’s vSphere/ESXi hypervisor as of 18 August 2015. It also supports KVM and Docker.

Naturally, I wanted to see if I could test out Platform9 on VMware using Ravello to provide the infrastructure. I’d previously spun up a vSphere 6.0 lab to test out vROps (see my series on it here, which was sponsored by VMware) so why not see if I could use that to run Platform9?

Yep. You totally can. Here’s how!

Great how-to from Justin to get all of this up and running together!

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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