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[Customer Story] Varsity College scales up student lab capacity and saves IT costs with Azure Labs

[Customer Story] Varsity College scales up student lab capacity and saves IT costs with Azure Labs

 

Varsity College implemented an Azure Lab Services solution aimed at decreasing costs, streamlining lab setup and management times, and improving the school’s overall readiness to meet enrollment demands.

 

Varsity College no longer installs integrated development environments, software developer kits, or other developer toolsets on the physical campus lab machines for Computer Science and IT courses. Instead, they created customized images and saved those to an Azure Compute Gallery that was attached to their lab plan. Using a single Azure subscription, they set up and configured all of the labs in one week, compared to the six weeks previously needed. These images are shared across all 10 campuses using Azure Lab Services. 

 

Teachers are enjoying customizing student lab environments without permission complexity or requesting help from IT, but also the flexibility of accessing labs from campus or at home. 

 

The college's CFO was pleased when enrollment scaled 35% over a semester without incurring the usual expense of building out lab capacity to meet demand.

 

"Ultimately, we plan on expanding our use of Azure Lab Services to more departments and campuses. We simply don’t want the complexity of purchasing and maintaining infrastructure anymore." - Head of the School of IT
 
We’re driving our students to be more future-ready.” - Educator
 
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Learn more about Varsity College's approach with Azure Lab Services for reduced effort and cost to offer on-campus labs at Microsoft Customer Story-Varsity College scales up student lab capacity and saves IT costs with Azure Lab Services

 

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Azure Lab Services team

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