VLab - Why does GT have a Virtual Laboratory (VLab)?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 12:54pm

VLab is short for Virtualized Laboratory, and was begun in 2007 to provide students with access to scientific and engineering software packages whose licensing terms prohibit their installation on personally owned computers. The intent is to provide access to: "any software, on any device, from anywhere and at any time" to the extent possible. Today schools from nearly all of the colleges at Georgia Tech are collaborators in the VLab effort.

The management of VLab is a collaborative effort.  At present it is an initiative let by the College of Engineering, whose IT personnel manage the overall process.  IT personnel in the schools create, manage, and publish the pools and applications needed to meet the needs of their students.  

The Vlab infrastructure (servers, network, storage) is primarily funded by Tech Fee.