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VIRTUALIZATION PRODUCTION LAB
PROJECT OVERVIEW
• The MoHealthWINs grant has allowed MCC to install a new
state-of-the-art “Virtualization Production Lab” at our
Business & Technology campus
• Lab will be used in a variety of ways, and will enhance
program curriculum
• Virtual computing resources will be offered to
MOHealthWINs participants across the state.
• System is designed to support 250 simultaneous users
SO WHAT IS VIRTUALIZATION?
In computing, virtualization is the creation of a virtual
(rather than actual) version of something, such as a
hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage
device, or network resources.[1]
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In other words… separating logical resources from
physical components.
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Resource sharing
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More efficient use of resources. Better utilization
[1}Turban, E; King, D; Lee, J; Viehland, D (2008). "Chapter 19: Building E-Commerce Applications and
Infrastructure". Electronic Commerce A Managerial Perspective. Prentice-Hall. pp. 27.
T YPICAL COMPUTER LAB
1:1 Ratio, Underutilized Hardware, Lack of OS and Application flexibility,
Sharing workspace with other users
PROJECT PLANNING…
• Consulted with Cerner on how these systems are
built and used in the healthcare industry
• Consulted with AOS on how these systems are
implemented in an education environment
• Joined VMware IT Academy
• Many hours of effort also from MCC’s engineering
team, other hardware/software vendors, and the
organizations listed above
Virtualization Server System
Cisco Networking
Room for
future
expansion
HP Servers
HP Storage
Room for
future
expansion
HOW DOES IT WORK?
THE HYPERVISOR…
● Clustering
● Resource sharing and management
● High Availability
BENEFITS OF VIRTUALIZATION
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Run multiple operating systems on a single computer including Windows, Linux
and more. Run Multiple OSs from a MAC computer.
• Reduce capital costs by increasing energy efficiency and requiring less hardware
while increasing your server to admin ratio
• Ensure your enterprise applications perform with the highest availability and
performance
• Build up business continuity through improved disaster recovery solutions and
deliver high availability throughout the datacenter
• Improve enterprise desktop management & control with faster deployment of
desktops and fewer support calls due to application conflicts
Source: http://www.vmware.com/virtualization/why-virtualize.html
USE IN THE CLASSROOM
L A U N C H V S P H E R E C L I E N T, L O G I N , A C C E S S V I R T U A L M A C H I N E S
Explore New Technologies
Virtualized Windows 8 Desktop
Work with Client/Server applications
Client
Server
Other Ways to Enhance Curriculum
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Build robust troubleshooting scenarios
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Students can build and break as much as they want in their
virtual environment without worrying about the constraints
of the local computer
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Students can access the system outside of the classroom
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Students and even Employers can use the system to train
on a wide variety of technologies
NEXT STEPS…
• Brainstorm and strategize new ideas for using the lab
• Beta testing will commence soon
• Begin developing MOUs with consortium members
• How you plan to use the lab
• How usage will be tracked
• Define expectations
• Other unique components
CONTACT INFORMATION
MCC Virtualization Production Lab
Brian Hurley
Network Administrator
MoHealthWINs
816.604.5249
[email protected]
MCC Business & Technology
1775 Universal
Kansas City, MO 64120

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