Virtual IT Labs

Nothing is better than learning by doing.

Virtual IT labs are essential for IT education and training, as well as for IT professionals who want to test and validate new technologies. Whether you need cloud-based labs or hardware labs or require custom equipment for your training, we can work with you to create your ideal lab setup.

Multiple IT lab hosting options to fit any scale and budget.

ReadyTech has hosting options to meet and exceed your IT lab needs no matter the situation.

At ReadyTech, we understand that virtual IT lab requirements vary depending on technology, use case, cost, and other unique variables. Whether you want to connect using a third-party cloud provider, host on our cloud, require access to bare metal servers, or require access to custom equipment, we’ve got you covered.

Axis

Axis turns your AWS, Azure or GCP account seamlessly into a training delivery solution.

With Axis, you are able to seamlessly schedule, create, and tear down IT labs on either AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud. You also keep your team away from managing complex cloud provider consoles with its user-friendly training-focused interface. Training coordinators, curriculum developers, and instructors can easily manage course templates, lab plans, and class schedules. Instead of running your virtual machines 24 hours daily, Axis will allow you to easily schedule instructor-led classes and provide on-demand lab time for self-paced and blended learning, saving valuable computing resources and money.

Why Axis

Easy-to-use interface

Using the cloud provider consoles to manage and deploy labs is difficult and cumbersome and can result in high cloud provider costs. A key goal of Axis is to isolate training staff from the complexities of working with the cloud provider console. Axis provides an easy-to-use, training-focused interface, allowing you to work with familiar objects, such as course templates, classes, and student seats.

Cost Effective

Running virtual IT labs directly through the cloud provider often results in high provider costs due to virtual machines being left running unnecessarily. You can avoid all that with Axis. It allows you to start, pause, and terminate virtual training labs according to a schedule. Virtual machines will only run when needed, and nobody has to remember to shut them down at the end of the day. When the event has finished, Axis will ensure that all cloud provider resources, such as virtual machines, storage, and networks, are terminated.

On-demand lab access

On-demand lab access for self-paced and blended learning programs is becoming more popular daily. Students can access labs on their own time from anywhere in the world. By adding on-demand lab time to an instructor-led schedule, students can work in their hands-on labs after class, supporting the concept of blended learning. For self-paced lab access, you want to give the students the flexibility to access the lab whenever they want but still stay in control of cost. Axis will allow you to do both.

Easy scheduling

Axis is a training management application that allows the scheduling and deployment of your labs with one of the major cloud providers. This means you can pick the best cloud vendor for your specific needs, whether price, platform availability, regional availability, corporate policy, or something else.

Secure, reliable connectivity

Secure and reliable connections to the lab are critical. The cloud providers natively offer public access to lab environments using tools such as SSH and RDP. However, many firewalls block this kind of access, resulting in students and instructors not being able to connect. Axis includes ReadyTech HyperView—a proprietary viewer technology—which allows users to access their virtual training labs using firewall-friendly protocols and without labs being exposed to the open internet. HyperView provides a secure connection and high-performance remote desktop experience with a browser. No downloads, plug-ins, or extensions are required.

Partner management

Using training partners (ATPs) to deliver courses is a common practice, but using a partner network comes with some challenges too. One of the challenges is making sure the partners use lab environments that perform well and match the lab instructions. Axis makes it simple to share lab environments, stay in control of quality, and provide a consistent learning environment for students. Cost allocation can be handled in various ways by either making the partner entirely, partly, or not responsible for expenses associated with virtual IT labs.

Axis Hub

  • Instructor-Led Portal

    An all-in-one turn-key solution for instructor-led training delivery. Including a full-featured virtual classroom with audio, webcam, whiteboards, and polls. Course materials management and remote lab access all through a single web portal.

    Self-Paced Portal

    A high quality, on-demand learning experience specifically designed for self-paced learners. Access to course materials and hands-on labs in a single web portal.

    Axis

    Axis is a training management application that allows deployment of your virtual training labs to one of the major cloud providers. Axis supports AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

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    Instructor-led Portal

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    Self-paced Portal

    A high quality, on-demand learning experience specifically designed for self-paced learners. Access to course materials and hands-on labs in a single web portal.

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    VM Management

    Automate deployment and tear down of virtual labs on the 3 major cloud providers.

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    Give instructors an overview and control of students' virtual labs. Other features include lab timers, inactivity monitors, help queues, chat, and screen sharing.

    VM Management

    Automate deployment and tear down of virtual labs on the 3 major cloud providers.

    LabManager

    Give instructors an overview and control of students' virtual labs. Other features include lab timers, inactivity monitors, help queues, chat, and screen sharing.

    Instructor-led Portal
    Self-paced Portal
    Included
    Axis API
    Google Authenticator
    VM Management
    LabManager
    Instructor-led Portal

    An all-in-one turn-key solution for instructor-led training delivery. Including a full-featured virtual classroom with audio, webcam, whiteboards, and polls. Course materials management and remote lab access all through a single web portal.

    Self-paced Portal

    A high quality, on-demand learning experience specifically designed for self-paced learners. Access to course materials and hands-on labs in a single web portal.

    VM Management

    Automate deployment and tear down of virtual labs on the 3 major cloud providers.

    LabManager

    Give instructors an overview and control of students' virtual labs. Other features include lab timers, inactivity monitors, help queues, chat, and screen sharing.

Instructor-led Portal
Self-paced Portal
Axis
Included
Axis API
Google Authenticator
VM Management
LabManager
Instructor-led Portal

An all-in-one turn-key solution for instructor-led training delivery. Including a full-featured virtual classroom with audio, webcam, whiteboards, and polls. Course materials management and remote lab access all through a single web portal.

Self-paced Portal

A high quality, on-demand learning experience specifically designed for self-paced learners. Access to course materials and hands-on labs in a single web portal.

VM Management

Automate deployment and tear down of virtual labs on the 3 major cloud providers.

LabManager

Give instructors an overview and control of students' virtual labs. Other features include lab timers, inactivity monitors, help queues, chat, and screen sharing.

Watch to learn more about Axis

"ReadyTech is a cost effective employee training platform. It helps us get hands-on experience and it’s an excellent option for virtual training suitable for both employees and trainers."

Don’t want to use AWS, Azure or GCP, no problem.

Host your labs in ReadyTech’s data centers.

ReadyTech’s data centers offer several lab hosting options to meet your specific requirements and budget. Whether you are looking for a cloud-based solution or hardware environment or need a complete custom IT lab environment, we have a solution for you.

Global Infrastructure to connect anywhere

Cloud Labs

Our cloud was designed from the ground up to provide the ideal solution for global IT training labs.

All clouds are not created equal. With data centers in the US, Asia, and Europe, your students get excellent performance anywhere in the world. ReadyTech’s cloud offers you the perfect balance between performance and price to meet the needs of any training organization of any size.

"Not only has Johnson Controls reduced training costs, they’ve improved employee productivity 40% and experienced customer satisfaction levels well above 85%. Future plans include dramatically increasing their online training offerings, leveraging ReadyTech’s infrastructure to offer training to remote employees, and accessing a larger student market.

Better lab performance

Hardware Labs

Powerful bare metal servers for an ideal solution running hypervisor, ESXi, or Hyper-V.

Bare metal servers are the ideal solution when you need access to a hypervisor such as ESXi or Hyper-V and don’t want to jeopardize performance by double virtualizing on a cloud-based solution. A hypervisor can run many virtual machines per student and support any network topology. Beyond the lab quality, IT professionals and students get faster response time, greater customization, and control of their lab environment. Get options you can’t find in the cloud.

"ReadyTech offers superb scalability - so now we can scale up and down as needed. ReadyTech also handles variable demand well, whether it's adjusting for the school year, software release cycles, class schedule changes - without breaking a sweat. They come through for us every time."
Ben Schmitz
Training Services Project Manager

Custom Labs

Your hardware is not too custom or complex for ReadyTech.

As a technology company, we love custom hardware challenges. Whether you train on a proprietary network or security equipment, BIOS-level programming, or some abstract wireless equipment, we can host your virtual IT lab environment and scale it to your needs. We can host your proprietary equipment in our data centers or connect securely to your equipment in your office or data center.

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Case Study

Johnson Controls partners with ReadyTech to reduce training delivery costs by 83%

This training initiative includes highly customized virtual training labs that also increase their student pool through VILT software.

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24/7 Live Support

Successful training delivery solutions don’t stop at great technology and reasonable pricing. That’s why we provide complimentary 24/7 live support to our customers, instructors, and students. So, no matter where you are teaching or when your students are accessing their labs, ReadyTech’s 24/7 live support is always available.

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