(The Hosting News) – Hatsize, the leading cloud-based training lab provider for software and hardware products, today released a new e-commerce store for self-paced IT practice labs. The Hatsize store enables IT students and professionals to gain valuable hands-on practice with VMware and Microsoft’s latest technologies. The Hatsize store is available now at http://www.hatsize.com/store.
“There is a growing global demand for online, self-paced IT training, but most existing solutions don’t give people an easy way to practice their skills on real systems,” said Guy Hummel, Hatsize CEO. “The Hatsize store fills that gap by giving IT students and IT professionals instant access to the latest VMware and Microsoft technologies 24×7, anywhere in the world.”
Growing Demand for IT Skills, especially VMware
“As the economy recovers and business picks up, the need for IT skills will continue to expand,” wrote Connie Blaszczyk, Managing Editor of Monster.com. In addition, as the global economy recovers, it is highly likely that new IT technologies will be introduced at an even faster rate. As a result, both IT students who are about to enter the workforce and existing IT professionals will need to update their IT skills quickly to be conversant on the latest technology releases.
For example, Hatsize sees continued explosive global demand for VMware skills. With the launch of VMware 5.x, 85,000 existing VMware professionals currently need to upgrade their VMware skills. Plus, in the future, VMware is likely to accelerate its offerings, since Forbes rated them the #3 most innovative company in the world in 2013. With the increasing reliance on cloud computing and virtualization, it’s a sure bet that there will be a growing demand for VMware skills in the next 1-2 years.
Current Learning Approaches Aren’t Effective
HBS Professor and Disruptive Innovation Expert, Clayton Christensen, states, “The way we learn doesn’t always match the way we are taught.” This is particularly true when it comes to learning IT skills. According to Edgar Dale’s iconic Cone of Learning research, after two weeks we only retain 10% of what we have read and 20% of what we have heard but 90% of what we have done. Yet, the most common ways of learning new IT skills today are to read a book or to attend an instructor-led class, which would likely result in only a 10 or 20% retention of knowledge after only two weeks. Plus, many IT students and professionals don’t have time to take a 40-hour class, which is often required for some of the more advanced IT technologies such as VMware vSphere.
A New Way to Develop IT Skills
Clearly, a new way to develop IT skills is needed, which is why Hatsize created the Hatsize Store. The Hatsize store offers hands-on IT lab access, which enables students to retain up to 90% of what they learn. The Hatsize store offers 30-day or 60-day lab access for self-paced IT skills practice on real technology through the Hatsize cloud (a network of global datacenters). This enables Hatsize clients to practice any time they want anywhere they want for as long as they want. Learning is enhanced because it is self-paced so students can stay on an exercise for as long as they need and it is done on their own time so they can break learning into bite-sized learning periods where they can really absorb the concepts. Plus, students can go back and practice or review exercises to fully master the new IT skills and prepare for a certification exam, if needed.
To visit the Hatsize store, please click here.
Hatsize is the leading global provider of cloud-based training labs for software and hardware products. As a cloud service, Hatsize has successfully delivered over 2 million hours of hands-on training sessions for some of the world’s fastest growing technology and training organizations including Symantec, Juniper Networks, New Horizons, MicroTek, AFI Expertise and Certification Partners.