Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 4 - Page 75

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Cloud iland launches cloud- based LabEngine ///////////////////////////// i land, an award-winning global cloud service provider of secure and compliant Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and cloud backup services (BaaS), has announced the availability of iland LabEngine. The new service is available from iland’s US, UK, Netherlands, Australia and Singapore cloud data centres. iland LabEngine enables organisations to rapidly deploy and scale cloud-based environments for training, demos and sales enablement. Until now, building a virtual training environment was expensive and time-consuming. Demo labs were costly and underutilised and proof-of-concepts required heavy investment in time from the customer. With on-demand virtual labs powered by LabEngine, companies can deliver high-quality content in an easy-to- manage, highly-scalable, cost-effective and reliable environment. “At Nimble Storage, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, we are always looking for innovative ways to enable our internal and channel engineering teams to train and demo our technologies, including InfoSight Predictive Analytics. We partnered with iland to provide a scalable, on-demand, cloud-based training platform to support our global sales engineering training. This has let our team focus on delivering the highest quality content without worrying about the infrastructure needed to support it,” said Randy Hopkins, Vice President of Nimble Storage Systems Engineering. “Based on the success we’ve already seen with LabEngine, we plan to use it to power our proof-of- concept lab, which we expect will optimise and compress our sales process.” iland LabEngine enables users to create elaborate environments including nested hypervisors, complex networking and multiple virtual machines. Customers can easily migrate existing virtual machines or quickly create new ones in the iland platform and develop lab templates to save and deploy at scale. Through a simple user interface, these environments can be scheduled for remote access for internal or external customers to access exact copies of these environments. Lab owners can provision environments on demand, tying into the iland Secure Cloud Console. The iland LabEngine is a cost-effective, scalable and agile solution organisations can use to deliver content to consumers, instead of worrying about infrastructure. Pay-as-you-go pricing and rapid scale means these environments can be used when needed, without fixed capital overhead. “At our global conference, VeeamON 2017, iland powered the Hands-on Labs which allowed our customers to gain a deeper understanding of our entire product portfolio and learn how to utilise Veeam to its fullest,” said Scott Lillis, Vice President, Systems Engineering at Veeam Software, North America. “By utilising iland LabEngine, we provided high-performing, scalable, hands- on labs built to withstand the demands of a full tradeshow like VeeamON. It enabled us to deliver top-notch instruction to our customers throughout the entire event.” “Organisations that provide software or virtual appliances are often challenged in orchestrating proof of concepts and free trials. Proof of concepts can be costly and time-consuming, while free trials may be a lacklustre experience for the customer without enough data to see the real benefits of the product,” said Dante Orsini, iland Senior Vice President of Business Development. “With iland LabEngine, organisations can quickly and cost-effectively deploy a completely controlled, data-rich test environment streamlining their sales process and dramatically improving the effectiveness of their demos and proofs of concept.” n INTELLIGENTCIO 75