Virtual technical training has never been more critical than during today’s COVID-19 pandemic. Although virtual training isn’t new, the pandemic has created an urgent need to retool nearly all in-person, classroom training into a virtual format.
From internal training organizations at large enterprises to companies that develop or sell software, the ability to reliably offer high-performance, global remote training complete with complex lab environments is critical to maintaining business and sales continuity.
Offering effective virtual hands-on labs is one of the biggest challenges training organizations face, whether for self-service on-demand learning or instructor-led training. Moving from in-person to virtual labs requires an understanding of how they fit into an overall training program and what technical capabilities are needed for success. This paper will look at key aspects of implementing virtual labs, including the ease and speed of setting up and tearing down lab environments, scalability to support varying classroom sizes and manage costs, integration with existing Learning Management Systems (LMSs), and performance for organizations with a global footprint. Choosing the right virtual hands-on lab solution can accelerate the move from in-person to virtual training now and establish a foundation that can support more effective in-person training in the future – even at extremely large scale.