Skytap’s ISV Customers Reach 100,000 Software Demo Milestone

Today we announced that numerous software vendors, including Acresso, HP, OpenText, and SchemaLogic, have collectively delivered over 100,000 software demos and proof of concepts (POCs) to their customers using Skytap’s cloud platform. Similar to hosting an online meeting, Skytap allows customers to view a demo or complete a POC engagement whether they are in the same

Our View on the Open Cloud Manifesto

The Open Cloud Manifesto was released today to a flurry of comment and criticism from the media, including GigaOm, eWeek, ZDnet, and others. This comes after last week’s post from Microsoft, complaining about the closed nature of the manifesto’s development. Although few can argue with any of the broad principles in the document (including us),

CloudCamp Brings Together Seattle’s Cloud Innovators

We attended CloudCamp Seattle on Saturday and participated in the first CloudCamp unconference to visit the emerald city. Seattle is home to an impressive list of cloud computing companies (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google’s seattle campus), as well as a growing list of emerging startups (Decho, Skytap, and a plethora of SaaS companies). This makes Seattle

Recasting Virtualization Initiatives as Cloud Initiatives

According to Forrester and Gartner, consolidating servers through virtualization can result in up to 50% savings on hardware costs¹ and a 15-20% reduction in total cost of ownership² once a project is complete and project costs have been included. I’d wager most IT managers would agree that virtualization has been a cost saving strategy for

Better Software with Crowdsourcing and Cloud Computing

Crowdsourcing and cloud computing are two exciting trends in the tech industry. We’ve teamed up with our friends at uTest to show how you can combine online communities and cloud-based infrastructure to build better software.  Join our 30 minute live Webcast tomorrow to learn: How crowdsourcing and cloud computing can be used together to improve the

Cloud Ontology

John Willis’ blog post and Reuven Cohen comments bring up the ongoing debate on cloud ontology. I posted some thoughts on who will win in the different cloud segments around the launch of Microsoft Azure and the new breed of cloud solutions that combine different elements of the stack to solve specific business problems. Skytap

Skytap Virtual Lab – January Release

The January 2009 release of Skytap Virtual includes lots of new capabilities and feature requests from our user community.  As always, thanks for your continued input and feedback on the product! Here is what’s new for January: -Per-User Usage Quotas -Usage Metering & Reporting Enhancements -Auto-Suspend Configurations at Specific Times -Specify Access Time Windows for

Unlocking the Power of the Cloud for Application Development

We talk to a lot of developers and architects about cloud computing, and one of the things that we run across from time-to-time is an element of skepticism due simply to the incredible amount of hype out there in the marketplace. To help clarify what’s real and what’s hype we’re teaming up with our partners

Virtual Lab – November Release Now Live!

The November 2008 release of Skytap Virtual Lab went live today! A list of major enhancements present in the November release is provided below. As always, thanks for your continued input and feedback on the product! Configuration Management One-Click Snapshots: Configurations can now be snapshotted with a single click. You no longer need to suspend

Skytap Announces Integrated Platform for Professional Developers

LOS ANGELES, CA – October 27, 2008 – Skytap, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based virtual lab solutions, today announced it will demonstrate integration with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System at the 2008 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) held in Los Angeles from October 27-30. Effective immediately, Microsoft developers can log into Skytap’s Virtual Lab Platform

The Cloud Wars: Who Will Win?

Today, Microsoft announced its Windows Azure cloud computing offering, further validating the market for cloud-based platforms. Given the multitude of major players in this market, including Amazon and Google, and the speed of innovation, we should see some major advances in cloud technologies which will greatly benefit customers. But who will be big winners (and

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