Cloud computing is opening new opportunities for operational support environments. With minimal upfront capital expenditures, pay-for-use models and on-demand flexibility, cloud computing is having a dramatic impact on IT development and operations.
A prime candidate for cloud-computing is training environments.
Training is a activity that begins at the end of the development phase of an IT system and continues throughout its operational phase. Employees undergo initial training during the deployment phase and new employees attend periodic training sessions.
It is essential that these environments mimic production and support hands-on training that reflects the actual use of the system.
Traditionally, a single, physical training environment is established. Physical environments require a large upfront capital expenditure of hardware, software, licenses, and training for support staff.
On going expenditures include maintenance and configuration support by IT staff and when not in use, the environment sits idle.
Fluctuations in training schedules can place unrealistic demands on physical environments. Additional training instances may be required, and existing instances scaled up to meet larger-than-normal classroom size. These variations in training may place increased load on physical environments, which may not be possible with a physical environment.
Cloud-based training environments provide a real opportunity to address the challenges faced by physical environments.
While a reduction in capital expenditures and on-going maintenance costs are key factors, the flexibility and robustness of cloud-based environments provide an opportunity for improved training experience, leading to an overall improvement in training quality.
Key benefits of cloud-based training environments are:
Cost is main factor for moving training environments to the cloud. Upfront capital expenditures for environments are eliminated. The pay-for-use model mean you only pay for the time the environment is in use.
Supports “cloud-first” organization mandates by moving quality assurances services to the cloud.
On-demand provisioning means training instances can be configured in minutes. Multiple environments can be created, if needed. Training data snapshots can be taken and stored for later use. Once training is complete, Training environments can be suspended, so that usage matches classroom demand.
Training instance “templates” can be configured to support various types of employees. Allows for the training environment to be configured for different employee types or roles.
Scale capacity on-demand and scale down when there is limited use.
If you are an IT professional who struggles with training environments and would like to discover a cost-effective and flexible approach to training environments, please contact us. We’d love to discuss how Linear B’s cloud-based environments can help improve the training experience for your employees.