March 18, 2013
Multi-User Labs enables students to share the same resources. Because cloud resources are sometimes either expensive or scarce there may be times when you can’t procure the specific quantities you desire. The Multi-User Labs feature creates a secure sandbox for multiple users on the same instance so that users can share the same resources without affecting other users. This not only minimizes the cost of the labs by amortizing the instance cost for multiple users but also allows the resources to scale further.
User Example #1:
We have specialized instances that we require for our labs. There are only a few of those available around the world from Cloud vendors. Each instance is very powerful though. With Multi-User Labs we were able to create secure sandboxes for multiple students to use the same instance to do the labs simultaneously. We were able to source the instances from around the world and then scale those to meet our student demand. It reduced our cost as well. Since each instance is expensive, that was a nice plus!