I am looking to use a sandbox specifically for Training for SFDC. My client does not want to purchase a full sandbox due to high cost. I would like to have "real data" available for the training. What are the best options for a lower cost sandbox for training with consideration to having a fair amount of user licenses, account/record data, and territory data?
Here you can see an overview of the existing sandbox types. If you need to have production data in your sandbox environment, you will need to access a Partial Copy Sandbox or a Full Sandbox. Consequently, about the pricing, there are not so many alternatives.
I have written a longer question about this some weeks ago. As an unfortunate, there is no really good solution for my taste. Just have a look here:
I'm not happy with this situation and I would really appreciate if some of the Salesforce trainers would share their experience and approaches to setup something with a reasonable effort. My guess is, they still have some blacktab-magic to let it rock.
Especially for the PE customers for me it's bloody work so far with manual preparation and ETL jobs...