Cloud automation, previously known as virtual lab automation, provides users with dynamic scheduling and provisioning of virtual machines and data centers, while enabling centralized control over security policies and usage. Cloud automation is ideal for dynamic workloads such as virtual training, sales demos and proof-of-concept product evaluations.
How it works
A cloud-enabled session or virtual lab provides authorized users – whether they are prospects, partners, employees, instructors or students – with the ability to test, preview, evaluate and train on almost any computer anywhere in the world while remotely accessing an interactive hardware and/or software environment. Sessions can be centrally configured and administered and users can access them at a specifically scheduled time or on-demand as needed.
With Hatsize, for example, a software vendor can use Hatsize’s globally hosted cloud automation product to create a tailored sales demo on a virtual machine configuration running on their own data center infrastructure or on a Hatsize infrastructure located in North America, Europe or Asia and send a URL to a prospect anywhere, anytime. Cloud-enabled demos are easy to set up and tear down. Plus, they save sales engineers time and save companies money by not having to ship equipment or people onsite. Also, Hatsize cloud-enabled demos provide real-time presence detector alerts and detailed usage reports to help sales close more deals faster.
Virtual labs were first introduced as companies and educational institutions struggled to find ways of sharing and testing information, without having to be in the same location, using the same pieces of equipment.
Business interest in virtual labs has continued to grow over the past decade as high-tech hardware and software firms strive to realize significant efficiencies in the development, commercialization and sale of their products in a global marketplace.
Today, virtual lab automation has become cloud automation providing users with service-service access to virtual labs and dynamic provisioning and scheduling of sessions anywhere in the world at any time. Advanced cloud automation solutions like Hatsize’s now have the ability to incorporate physical devices, live collaboration, and custom integration into their design and operation as well.