One of the cool things are VMware events like VMworld or the Partner Exchange is the Hands On Lab area. Here you can test drive various VMware products. I spent a lot of time at a recent Partner Exchange in the labs and found them to be very beneficial and fun.
At VMworld 2012 in San Francisco VMware took this a step further and announced that the Hands-on Labs experience will soon be available online. Now in a recent blog post VMware has indicated that process has started with the opening of an Online Public Beta, very nice.
Check out the VMware blog for full information on the Hands On Lab OnLine public beta with registration information.