OAKLAND, California – November 6, 2018 – Today, ReadyTech (https://www.readytech.com) announces the availability of Axis, a training delivery solution that allows training organizations to run their virtual training labs on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud while taking advantage of ReadyTech’s rich set of training applications and tools.
When it comes to cloud resources, it is hard to beat the global reach and scale of the big 3 providers. Combined, AWS, Azure and Google Cloud have more than 70 data centers spread around the world. This gives training organizations the potential to deliver high performance lab environments anywhere in the world. The major providers were also designed for running production environments so they provide a level of reliability and security that smaller providers and internal cloud solutions simply cannot match. For example, AWS, Azure and Google Cloud all have 99.99% monthly SLAs for their virtual machines.
Until now, using the major cloud vendors to deliver virtual training was very challenging. Their consoles are complex, and their APIs even more so. Remembering to manually start and stop the labs is a hassle. Too often, connectivity doesn’t work for users at secure locations. And none of the providers have critical features for training like over-the-shoulder.
ReadyTech Axis solves these problems by providing a training-focused interface on top of the cloud providers that makes it easy for training organizations to easily deliver training using the cloud provider of their choice. Training personnel just define their courses, labs, and schedule and Axis handles the rest – spinning up and down the labs as needed, providing firewall-friendly connectivity, and notifying students how to access their labs. In addition, instructors can use LabManager, ReadyTech’s world-class lab management tool, to monitor, control, and demo all the lab environments.
According to Kevin Woodward, ReadyTech’s CEO, “One of the most unique aspects of Axis is the pricing transparency. Customers sign up for their own AWS, Azure or Google Cloud account(s) and are billed directly by the providers. Many training departments can leverage the fact they are part of larger organizations to negotiate deep volume discounts on the major providers’ already low prices. This is not possible with other solutions.”
Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, was an early adopter of Axis. “Our training courses require high-end GPU platforms.” says Tasha Wade, Operations Manager at Esri.
“After surveying the market, we decided that Microsoft Azure has the platform and resource availability to meet our needs. Originally, we planned to build an in-house scheduling solution for administering the cloud VMs, but when we learned about ReadyTech’s out-of-the-box Axis solution with integrated over-the-shoulder instructor tools, we realized it was a great fit for our needs. Along with other features, Axis also provides a solution that allows us to easily share our virtual training labs with our global training partners.”
For more information on Axis, contact ReadyTech at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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