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vLab Remote Access vSphere Labs

vLab Remote Access Server pods

VMware vSphere only installs and runs on Enterprise class PC Servers - which can cost thousands of dollars each and require expensive technical resources to configure for proper use. vLab takes the cost and risk out of running VMware vSphere classes by making pre-configured, ready to run server pods available for rent.

Server Pod Configuration

A server Pod is a set of HP DL360 or DL365 enterprise class servers organized into a unit to support one class. Our server pods have between 9 and 12 student access servers in each pod. Each server pod contains:

Infrastructure Resources

Server pods contain the following resources that are shared amongst all remote access users:

  • An infrastructure server that supports remote access VMs, etc.
  • An iSCSI Storage appliance with 1+TB of shared use storage
  • An NFS and CIFS file share server
  • A firewall for security
  • A completely isolated internal network segment
  • A private GB network LAN segment

Individual Server Configuration

Every server we rent conforms to the following minimum hardware specification:

  • Either an HP DL360 or HP DL365 enterprise class PC server (fully supported by VMware)
  • One dual core or one quad core 64-bit CPU
  • 6GB or 8GB of memory
  • 36GB to 300+GB of local storage connected to a high speed RAID card
  • Minimum of 3 1gb Network cards
  • Remote server management through HP ILO

Datacenter Hosting

We host all of our servers in a Class-A datacenter located in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada. Our datacenter parter offers us:

  • Direct, redundant GB network links to Internet backbone network providers
  • A 500KVA diesel generator
  • Enterprise power management system with battery back up
  • 4-way redundant cooling
  • 24hr access and support