Skytap Expands Virtual Lab Platform with Online Training Solution

Skytap, Inc., the leading provider of cloud infrastructure solutions, today announced a new training solution for its flagship Virtual Lab platform. Skytap’s training solution enables organizations to quickly and efficiently migrate on-site training infrastructure to the cloud, achieving up to 90 percent faster setup of complex classroom environments and easier online administration. Read the full

Surgient Exiting Its Hosting Business?

Articles today in the Austin Business Journal and seem to indicate Surgient is exiting its hosted service business. Trying to compete in both a packaged software and a ‘SaaS’ type business is rarely a great business strategy – each requires a different approach for software delivery, sales model and support. Surgient’s hosting business was

Virtual Lab – August “Limited Availability” Release Now Live!

The Augist 2008 release of Skytap Virtual Lab went live this morning! A list of feature enhancements present in the August 2008 Release is provided below – thanks for your input and requests, many of them got into this release! -Configuration and Virtual Machine Management 1. Automatic Configuration Timeout Automatically shut down all of the

Structure 08

A few weeks back the Skytap team went to Structure 08 in San Francisco to hang out with the “who’s who” of cloud computing. We had two full days of meetings and showed off the latest features from Skytap Virtual Lab. I always enjoy trade shows as it is a great way to meet customers

Skytap on Scobleizer TV

Robert Scoble was in our offices recently. Check out the two videos he filmed on Skytap here and here:

451 Report on Cloud Computing

William Fellows, a Principal Analyst, at 451 Group has just published a report on Cloud Computing. It’s one of the better reports I’ve seen and well worth a read (you can purchase it here). William defines clouds as having the following attributes: Clouds enforce the discipline of a retail model Clouds have APIs. If there

If You’re Not Shipping Software, You’re Drowning

Here on the Skytap engineering team, we recently switched to a monthly release cycle. Our aim is to iterate quickly, release every month, and loop back with customers to make sure we continue to delight them. To illustrate the benefits of such a rapid cycle, I’d like to make an aquatic analogy: Imagine a muddy

CohesiveFT Delivers Elastic Servers to Skytap’s Cloud-Based Platform

Exciting news – we announced today at Structure 08 a technology partnership to make Cohesive’s Elastic Servers available in Skytap’s Virtual Lab platform! The combined solution will provide application development and test teams the capability to dynamically assemble and deploy custom application stacks to our virtual test cloud. For the details, see the press release.

Barriers to cloud computing adoption

Despite all the benefits of cloud computing, there are some barriers to adoption. A recent panel on cloud computing at Interop 08 in Las Vegas, highlighted security and interoperability with in-house systems as key concerns for enterprises considering cloud computing. This is a real issue for many enterprises with a large number of existing in-house

The benefits of cloud computing

So, what are the benefits of cloud computing and why are organizations adopting these services? First and foremost for many is potential cost reduction and amortization. With a cloud computing solution, the customer does not have a big upfront capital expenditure for hardware, software licenses and implementation services. Nor do customers have the ongoing expense

Behind the buzz – what is cloud computing?

Why the buzz? There is an incredible buzz around cloud computing recently, with major articles in Business Week, InfoWorld, and numerous other publications, blogs and analyst reports.  Nicholas Carr has written a bestselling book on the topic called “The Big Switch”. And some of the biggest players in the cloud computing segment have announced

Eight Steps to a Virtualized Test Environment

Better Software Conference and Expo, The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada Our CTO, John Janakiraman, is delivering a session tomorrow on the‘Eight Steps to a Virtualized Test Environment’. If you are at the conference, be sure to attend – it’s session W21 at 2.45pm.

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