Good learning includes practical, hands-on experience, particularly when the subject matter is software. But the logistics of providing such practice environments can be complex, especially when you need to support many different classes and technologies from day to day. Should students install our new billing tool on their laptops? Will the machines in this classroom have enough memory? Do we want students to access the real claims-management system? While virtual-classroom solutions enable remote lecturing and collaboration, they don’t really address these specific concerns.

Participants in this session will learn how the concept of “virtualization” applies not only to classrooms, but to your classroom IT infrastructure as well. Cloud platforms allow you to more quickly create practice environments for a training engagement while at the same time pooling and making the most efficient use of expensive hardware resources. You’ll explore various public cloud options, as well as techniques for implementing your own.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About cloud-computing and hardware-virtualization concepts
  • About the costs and benefits of cloud-based training
  • How to quickly provision environments for new training events
  • How students access virtual machines
  • About various cloud products and technologies