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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

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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]

  • In other words… separating logical resources from physical components.

  • Resource sharing

  • 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.

Typical 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

Room for future expansion

HP Servers

HP Storage

How does it work?The Hypervisor…


● Resource sharing and management

● High Availability

Benefits of Virtualization

  • 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:

Use in the ClassroomLaunch vSphere Client, login, access virtual machines

Explore New Technologies

Virtualized Windows 8 Desktop

Work with Client/Server applications



Other Ways to Enhance Curriculum

  • Build robust troubleshooting scenarios

  • Students can build and break as much as they want in their virtual environment without worrying about the constraints of the local computer

  • Students can access the system outside of the classroom

  • 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



MCC Business & Technology

1775 Universal

Kansas City, MO 64120

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