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  1. #1

    hosted VMs for training and labs

    Hi All:

    Merry Christmas!

    I am looking for a service that offers hosted VMs for training and labs. The only one I have found so far is labslice and I don't even know if they really offer what I am looking for.

    We will be recommending students to use Virtualbox locally and provide a VDI image; however some students do no have the resources to run VMs with higher specs therefore we need a cloud VM provider.

    Most of this training is Linux-based. So not having Windows is not an issue.

    Would appreciate any feedback.

    Our priorities:
    #1 Cost and Affordability
    #2 Service Reliability

    Thank you!

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    You may get better pricing by ordering a resource pool with certain amount of CPU, Memory and Storage then create your own images, Templates which might have the students training materials/tools as needed that can be spun up on demand... That will give you flexibility of increasing/decreasing assigned resources to a VM as needed.

    If you need the same exact VM for all students that should work well if not you may need to build multiple templates based on platform, OS flavor and resources.

    One other thought is to have a VDI that all your students can have a session and use linked cloned feature or similar which allow you to pay per student for the whole month and give you centralized control over users etc...

    Hope that helps!
    Last edited by hanoon; 12-25-2013 at 03:48 PM.

  3. #3
    Thanks Hanoon. But is there a specific provider you are recommending or this is general for Amazon, Rackspace etc. ?

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    Amazon for sure. Reserved Instances will save you money in the long run.

    EC2 + Route 53 DNS = easy lab setup.
    Andrew Wataszko - [email protected]
    Quartet Service Inc
    Cloud Services | Support Services | Technology Management Programs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quartet-Andrew View Post
    Amazon for sure. Reserved Instances will save you money in the long run.

    EC2 + Route 53 DNS = easy lab setup.

    I guess I will create a free account, but would I be able to upload a VDI template or do they offer any that I can use for the instances?

    Converting from hourly to monthly, does this sound about right with EC2?

    dual core, 4 GB RAM, 30 GB HD - $10/mo
    quad core, 8 GB RAM, 60 GB HD - $20/mo

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    Yes. You can import templates.
    http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/vmimport/
    Andrew Wataszko - [email protected]
    Quartet Service Inc
    Cloud Services | Support Services | Technology Management Programs

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