Great things have humble beginnings. Many, many moons ago, three efforts started – the VMworld Hands-on-Labs, the EMC World Hands-on-Labs, and the EMC University self-service labs.
Each was an environment built for rapid hands-on learning, where people could roll up their sleeves, play with the tech. They were such a hit, that every year at the big events they ramp their capability, and now serve as a critical learning tool year-round.
They started at moderate scale, and have since exploded in scale and capability. Behind the scenes the Dell EMC vLab and VMware Hands-on-Labs are now thousands of hosts, petabytes of storage, and service many, MANY thousands of labs every month. The Dell EMC vLab has even introduced a capability to “build your own lab” – with a lot more flexibility. We now have some “crowdsourced” labs that have been built and shared. Both the Dell EMC vLab and VMware Hands-on-Lab are forms of a scaled IaaS with a specific mission: making playing and learning with some of the coolest tech toys in the IT world SIMPLE AND EASY.
As an IT executive who takes pride in actually keeping my hands dirty, and loves technology inherently – these are both key tools for me, along with AWS/Azure/CGE and the Pivotal Cloud Foundry public instance (and dear reader – would love to know what tools YOU use!!!)
With Dell Technologies coming together, I’m glad that we continue to double down on all these great online tools for sharing and learning.
- If you’re a Dell EMC employee, a partner, or a customer - you can find the Dell EMC vLab here: https://portal.demoemc.com
- If you’re a VMware employee, a partner, or a customer – you can find the VMware Hands on lab here:http://labs.hol.vmware.com/
So, what’s new? In the Dell EMC vLab – there are 4 new labs this week (many new ones every month): VCE Vision 3.4; Recoverpoint for Virtual Machines 5.0 (huge new release!!); Elastic Cloud Storage 3.2; Isilon 8.0.1 SyncIQ Failover.
Read on past the break for more details on each one!