Development and Test Cloud Checklist: 10 Need-to-Ask Questions

Posted by Moran Shayovitch on Sep 29, 2015 3:33:58 AM

Business groups across the enterprise are competing for, or lack access to, IT lab resources customized for their specific objectives. For application development and testing groups especially, access to IT resources and expertise is a major challenge. According to Gartner,* “through 2015, only 10% of I&O (Infrastructure & Operations) organizations will be able to deliver the speed of change required by the business processes they enable.”

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Topics: Dev / Test, CloudShare

Inception: The Journey of Nested Virtualization

Posted by Daniel Bakshi on Sep 9, 2015 6:40:16 AM

One of the benefits of Nested virtualization is running multiple hypervisors on the same host server. This includes ESXi hypervisors , which can be installed as a virtual machines. The solution, commonly referred to as Nested ESXi, opens the door to a lot of interesting use cases such as development and testing, virtual training, or virtual sales demos.


Although the concept of Nested virtualization is not limited to VMware, it is by far the most popular hypervisor. For that reason I decided to focus my article on the VMware hypervisor.


In this article, I am going to answer some common questions, discuss performance and common use-cases, provide a short walkthrough on how to enable a Nested ESXi and provide a list of CloudShare’s preconfigured ESXi environments.


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Topics: Training, Dev / Test, Demos & POCs, CloudShare

How BrightStarr Drastically Reduced IT Overhead by Moving to the Cloud

Posted by Moran Shayovitch on Sep 3, 2015 7:37:00 AM


Amadeo Gallardo is a self-taught software developer and is currently the Director of Engineering and Consulting at Brighstarr Consulting. He works with many of the world’s most demanding enterprises – from Linklaters to Unisys to Siemens.

He is also a professional jazz musician and has performed in many well known venues including the Queen Victoria. If you're a fan of jazz (and even if you're not!) take a look at Amadeo's mesmerizing jazz concert clip :



Prior to CloudShare, Amadeo’s team dedicated a full-time engineer just for building, configuring and deploying test servers.  By cleverly using CloudShare’s APIs and Visual Studio plug-in, Amadeo was able to reassign this engineer and deliver automated updates to clients all over the world!


Congratulations to September’s User of the Month!

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Topics: Dev / Test, CloudShare, user of the month

5 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Cloud Based Virtual Training Provider

Posted by Moran Shayovitch on Aug 26, 2015 7:31:00 AM


Times are changing; it's now a global economy. Your teams are scattered throughout the world, you have off-shore development teams in Asia, and employees are working remotely. It would be impossible to get all of these employees in one location for team-based training.


So you start searching for a cloud based training provider in order to shift your on-site training to a virtual classroom training solution. Soon you realize that the market is awash with numerous providers, which only makes you more confused on what is right for you and which provider best meets your needs.


Have no fear! For this exact reason we’ve compiled the below list of the top 5 factors you should consider when you’re out choosing your cloud based training provider:

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Topics: Training, CloudShare

4 Reasons to Choose Cloud Based Virtual Training Solutions over Classroom Training

Posted by Moran Shayovitch on Aug 20, 2015 8:41:00 AM


Cloud based services are increasingly replacing traditional applications for almost every business solution. Websites, emails,  marketing platforms, IT support, backup services, data storage and booking systems- name it and it most likely has a cloud solution.  In fact, 80% of enterprises globally are making use of cloud environments  and Gartner analysts predict that cloud services will grow to $244 billion by 2017, representing a compound annual growth rate of 17.1% from 2013.

Corporate training is a fundamental part of the cloud computing equation. This is in large part because companies are discovering the benefits of cloud computing and are seeking new ways to further their employees' know-how that are flexible and tailored to the individual person's needs. It is projected that the corporate cloud-based training marketing will grow by about 13% per annum in the period up to 2017.

So if you're still debating whether the cloud is right for you, below are 4 reasons to choose cloud based training over on-premise corporate training solutions.

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Topics: Training, CloudShare

Creating & Managing Virtual Training Sessions Just Got Easier

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Aug 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM


Now that the cloud promises software-as-a-service, servicing everywhere, many corporate software trainers and consulting shops are challenged to deliver reliable, high quality instruction anywhere in the world. They need to get the infrastructure and software configured right, getting it out to everyone in the class, and keep everyone on the same page, even when that page freezes, malfunctions or confounds the students.


CloudShare’s new virtual classroom management updates are here to help! Read up below!

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Topics: Training, CloudShare

"How I Saved $10K by transforming my home lab into a Cloud Environment" - August's User of the Month

Posted by Moran Shayovitch on Aug 2, 2015 10:25:00 AM


John Calvert has 18 years of experience designing IT systems and software for leading enterprises and government agencies, from Nortel to the National Resource Council and Department of Justice of Canada. He is currently the lead architect for the Sharepoint system at the Canadian House of Commons.


John is also passionate about speaking, teaching and training the Toronto IT community.  His talks are often based on real-world deployments and common errors in the wild, but bringing complex enterprise systems out to his talks required more hardware and hassle than he could manage.

Using CloudShare, he built lab environments that meeting attendees could not just see, but join, share, and rebuild!  John previously shared his CloudShare experience in a detailed post in his personal blog, View his post here.  


Let’s raise a toast for John Calvert - August’s user of the month!


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Topics: SharePoint, user of the month

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