In last week’s blog post, “Best Practices for Choosing a Cloud Training Service Provider”, we introduced the successful habits of software and IT trainers who have successfully chosen a cloud based training vendor. We introduced their strategy which revolves around three pillars and focused the blog post on the first pillar, Delivering a Complete Cloud Based Training Center. In this week’s post, we’ll look at the second pillar, “Choosing Cloud Architecture that Scales” and illustrate the important factors to request when approaching your cloud based training provider.
Let’s take a look below.
Just say No to Re-architecting
A real-world technical training environment includes IT infrastructure such as routers, firewalls, bridges, WAN simulators and many other security devices. Many companies are hesitant in moving their on-site technical training programs to the cloud as they fear they would need to change their current on-premise training software.
That is not the case. Your on-premises software and training images should not require changes, and you should be able to run the same images that you run on-premise, in the virtual training software cloud.
Beware of vendors who do require re-writes, physical solutions or non-standard hypervisors as they will often attempt to lock you into their platform. This will limit scale.
To cut costs, many vendors run only on open-source Linux hypervisors and provide limited, if any, support for Windows operating systems, VMware ESX, Hyper-V other common Enterprise deployments.
Ask if ESX, nested virtualization, or other complex configurations are supported out of the box.
Insist on IaaS and ESX & Avoid lock-in
When approaching a cloud based training service vendor, be sure to request:
(1) Hypervisor agnostic labs
(2) Simple import/export for training images
(3) Support for ESX and AWS
Working with standards, like ESX, will allow you to import existing images and build a technical training classroom or virtual training lab quickly.
Work with the Most Complex Set-ups
With on-site training classrooms, instructors bear the burden of lengthy classroom pre-configuration tasks. When shifting to the cloud, scout out virtual training service providers who provide a complete virtual IT environment that students can easily access and that instructors can fully control with limited IT involvement.
These virtual IT labs allow your organization to more efficiently deliver technical training classes, while removing the burden and expense of costly in-house infrastructure and maintenance.
Say no to re-architecting, insist on Iaas and ESX and on real-world IT environments in your lab and you will be on your way to choosing the right virtual training provider for your needs.
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