Teaching Networking Labs With Virtualized Server Infrastructure.

Sergey Butakov, SolBridge International School of Business


Practical experience is considered a vital part of university level courses in the Information Technology and Information Systems areas. A practical component of computer networking related courses, especially at the Enterprise Integration level, requires multiple servers to be studied by the students. Many of such servers may be incompatible with each other and it may be required that they be installed on different platforms. This issue leads to increasing capital and operational expenses for the networking. The main goal of this paper is to share the experience of developing infrastructure for networking courses using virtualization technologies. The experience can be especially valuable to startup institutions or institutions in developing countries where resource constraints are a problem.