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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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Project overview
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
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
Typical Computer Lab

1:1 Ratio, Underutilized Hardware, Lack of OS and Application flexibility,

Sharing workspace with other users

Project planning
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
How does it work?The Hypervisor…


● Resource sharing and management

● High Availability

Benefits of virtualization
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 classroom launch vsphere client login access virtual machines
Use in the ClassroomLaunch vSphere Client, login, access virtual machines

Explore New Technologies

Virtualized Windows 8 Desktop

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
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
Contact Information

MCC Virtualization Production Lab

Brian Hurley

Network Administrator



[email protected]

MCC Business & Technology

1775 Universal

Kansas City, MO 64120