It's pretty clear that VMware is headed to the cloud. Not just for their enterprise offerings, but for the self-training.
For me personally, I prefer my fast vSphere virtualization server and storage gear right in my home's lab, with ESXi 5.5 installed right on the "bare metal," with endless ideas for fun and practical projects, when I'm not tinkering with betas. I honestly haven't had the time to explore all these online VMware offerings yet, other than HOL back at VMworld 2012, and for a few weeks afterward. It was pretty impressive, and the servers fairly responsive, using the VDI client.
For folks with their heads less down than I, the rest of this article can help get you pointed in the right direction.
Drop a comment below, and let us know how your explorations go.
VMware HOL (Hands-On Lab) Online
labs.vmware.comcontains links to the following 2 offerings:
VMware Labs Flings
Apps and tools built by our engineers that are intended to be played with and explored.
The most popular Fling was published back in October of 2011
VMware vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) is a fully configured and ready to run virtual appliance that is required to manage your datacenter from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPad). Using either a mobile browser or the native iPad application, administrators can now perform various troubleshooting and remediation activities in their VMware environments from anywhere in the world.
VMware Academic Program
Committed to strengthening VMware’s relationship with the academic and research communities.
VMware Project nee
Next-Generation Education Development
VMware Project NEE is a new VMware Labs project providing a richly featured, powerful online learning and lab environment delivered from the cloud to any device, anywhere, anytime.
Developed to address demand from customers and partners for VMware product training and education online
Currently in early access tests teaching select VMware Professional Services Education classes including “VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage” required for VCP5.