Virtual training infrastructure is essential for ISVs, for training providers and for enterprises. It is key that this infrastructure will support the nature of the training use case - hands on labs for each student should be easily configured, identical and isolated instances; you should have the ability to spin them up in any geography, and then quickly and easily tear them down. This post demonstrates how three different companies are using Ravello as their virtual training infrastructure to run ILT classes, self-paced trainings and more.
There are several key components that should be “deal breakers” when you’re searching for virtual training infrastructure:
Now that we covered the must-haves of your training infrastructure, I thought it might be useful to see some real-life examples of companies using Ravello for their virtual training.
When Red Hat’s Global Partner Enablement (GPE) team learned about Ravello, they were looking for training infrastructure that would allow them to:
Using Ravello the Red Hat GPE team has full blueprints of multi-node OpenStack, RHEV, RHEL and OpenShift which they can spin up as required. With Ravello’s nested hypervisor, Red Hat can utilize AWS’s capacity and run virtual training labs in any geography, providing on-demand isolated environments for all students, without the need to allocate capacity in advance.
ROI Training, a leading provider of technical, financial and management training for enterprises around the globe, customizes training classes to suit the needs of their customer organization. Looking for a solution that will allow them to be rid of hardware investments, to move to a usage based cost structure and for student self-service access to virtual labs - ROI Training chose Ravello.
With Ravello ROI Training creates on demand lab environments in the public cloud region that provides the best learning experience for students, without investing in hardware or shipping computers. ROI Training also uses Ravello’s blueprints to essentially create a portfolio of lab environment templates for each course, that can be easily used to spin up multiple copies of the environment on demand. Finally, the usage based model allows ROI Training to enjoy cloud economics - and pay only for the environments that are running, for the resources consumed.
Blackfin Security is a leading provider of a full suite of online security training, bringing a hands-on approach to security training, with a self-paced subscription-based security training portal, as well as onsite or on-demand threat simulation events.
With two core requirements of zero changes to the application environments when deploying labs for students, and a high standard for a consistent and coherent user experience for self-paced trainings, Blackfin found they can fulfill their virtual training infrastructure needs by using Ravello to run training labs on AWS or Google Cloud.
Blackfin Enterprises uses Ravello’s REST API to create a new and enhanced self-paced online security training experience for its students. Ravello enables Blackfin to run the VMware based multi-VM applications on Google Cloud and AWS without any modifications to the VMs or the networking configuration.
I hope these three examples illustrated how Ravello can meet any virtual training infrastructure requirements that you may encounter in your use case. You can start your trial here and build out your training lab for ILT, self-paced training, hands-on labs and more. Let us know if you have any questions.