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Google Cloud Sandbox Environments On Demand with Playground

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Anthony James Founder/CEOAnthony James Founder/CEO

We’ve been talking about it for a while now during our Weekly Updates, and we’re finally ready to reveal our Google Sandbox Environment! Like our AWS environments, our Google environments are created on demand and allow you to work in a hassle-free, and compliance-friendly environment. These Google Playground Cloud Sandbox environments are available for all of our individual and business accounts!

Secure Google Sandbox Environments for Learning

Risky testing accounts are a thing of the past with our Google Sandbox Environments. Just by having a paid account with Linux Academy, you and your organization can access not only our Google environments but all of Linux Academy’s Cloud Playground environments without ever having to open up a port or worrying about leaking information. Our Hands-on Labs and Playground Cloud Sandboxes are completely risk-free training environments for Google. You or your team can launch them as many times as you need, practice with them, and then tear them down. Linux Academy manages all of the overhead associated with provisioning, securing, and deleting the environments. This means you are never exposing your company’s infrastructure, and your team members can focus entirely on learning.

Real-World Training Environments

Beyond removing threats and overhead, sandbox environments provide a lot of practical value when it comes to building real-world skills. It’s one thing to watch a video and answer quiz questions; it’s another thing entirely to get into the workflow of a product and see how it work hands-on.

Practice with Services You’ve Never Used Before

Cloud providers release feature updates and new services at a blistering pace. It’s impossible to keep up, but it’s essential for you and your team to be able to react to changes quickly. For example, if your organization needs to use new technology to remain competitive, you don’t have time to wait a year (or more) for your team’s skills to catch up. You need to be able to upskill your team as quickly as possible.

Not only does Linux Academy training content cover the most important cloud technology and tools of today and tomorrow, but our sandbox environments give you the ability to practice with services you’ve never used before. Want to learn how to use machine learning? Great! Spin up a Google Cloud Sandbox and have fun! Don’t get it right the first time and want to start over? Tear down that environment and start a brand new one by simply pressing a button.

Once you’ve got it figured out, you’re ready to apply what you’ve learned in your own corporate or personal environments, and you don’t have to worry about resource costs or mucking up your environments from all of that practice.

Practice Any Configuration You Want

The best way to learn how a tool or service works is by using it. That’s why we created Hands-On Labs with scenarios that walk you through using those tools or services in different scenarios. Sometimes, however, it’s best to remove scenarios and let the user explore on their own. That way, you can do things like launch resources, connect those resources, change configurations, look at error logs and troubleshooting issues, etc. This is how you learn the ins-and-outs, and that’s why we provide these sandbox environments with very few restrictions.

Google Cloud Platform Console

There’s another critical piece in making this happen: the user has to feel comfortable with the environment in which they’re experimenting. As you make mistakes, you need to know that there’s no harm being done and that you can always start over with the click of a button if you need to. That’s exactly what we provide; a stress-free playground to build and break however you need.

Practice Different Architectures

Setting up simple or complex architectures requires a lot of planning, configuration, testing, and automation. Our sandbox environments make it very easy for you to practice those different steps from start to finish. Once you’ve figured out how it works, you can apply your new skills in your business environments, and you will know exactly what to expect.

Think about it this way: would you rather your team practice in your business environments, or would you prefer they practice in ours and then apply what they’ve learned to your business environments? There’s no more need to have “test_resource_14” still being cleaned up 3 months later in your business environments. We’ll handle cleaning up our environments so you can focus on what matters – building and deploying!

Built for Enterprise in Mind

Zero Administrative Overhead

It’s common for companies to take a long time to approve environments for team members. As our users have told us, it can take weeks or months for them to get approval for Google (Azure/AWS Cloud/Linux) environments. Why can it take that long? Well, there are quite a few reasons:

  1. Who is in charge of managing all of the personal accounts? They probably have other conflicting priorities.
  2. Who manages expenses and approval for those expenses? Or how do you consolidate Google bills?
  3. How much can team members spend in Google before it becomes a problem? How do you monitor and enforce that?
  4. How do you make sure that you don’t open up your other Google accounts or corporate environments to attack when letting your members roam free in Google environments?
  5. How do you even manage permissions in personal accounts? Should they get full access? Partial access?

The list goes on and on. So, instead of dealing with all of the above, why not just click a button? That’s what our Hands-On Labs offer, and now, that’s what our Playground Cloud Sandboxes also offer.

Don’t let administrative overhead get in the way of progress, or get in the way of training your team. Turn the constant cloud technology changes into a strength.

Playground Instant Terminal

Another common issue that teams face is corporate firewall restrictions which blog SSH access over port 22. This is a common restriction for security reasons, but it poses a problem for team members trying to SSH into servers. So, if you were to launch servers from our Playground Servers, or if you were to launch instances in an AWS Sandbox, how would you access those servers?

To solve this problem, we launched Playground with a feature called Instant Terminal. Playground Instant Terminal lets you click a button to open an in-browser terminal that allows you to connect via HTTPS (port 443), and from that terminal, you can then SSH to our Playground Servers or instances within lab environments, even behind enterprise firewalls! The best part is that these in-browser terminals are ready for use instantly so that you don’t have anything standing in the way of your learning.

Linux Academy Instant Terminal

Instant Terminal provides a safe way to log into our training servers from your browser!

Instant Labs

Speaking of instant loading, our Playground Cloud Sandboxes also launch instantly. You press a button, and your credentials become available for you to log into a Google console. As soon as you log in, your Google environment is ready for use.

It really is that fast!

Included at no Additional Cost

The best part is that we’ve officially launched this functionality to all of our paid users at no additional cost. It doesn’t matter if you launch 1 or 10 instances. We won’t transfer that cost to you, so you never have to worry about forgetting to shut down resources and getting an unexpected bill from Google at the end of the month.

Focus on learning new skills, and we’ll handle the rest.

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