Skytap Introduces Enterprise-Ready Development and Test Environments Running on Softlayer Infrastructure

Tina Aarsvold

Seattle, WA – February 18, 2015 – Skytap Inc., the leading provider of on-demand Environments as a Service (EaaS), today introduced Skytap running on SoftLayer infrastructure. This new offering enables enterprises to rapidly deploy software development and test environments that seamlessly migrate entire complex environments between Skytap and IBM cloud centers globally.

Skytap’s EaaS environment allows customers to rapidly develop and test in the cloud, even their most complex applications, in a fraction of the time required with traditional methods. Built on the SoftLayer infrastructure, customers can use Skytap, to drive a fully integrated software development experience and speed collaboration among globally dispersed teams in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

By choosing IBM for its cloud infrastructure, Skytap provides customers with access to one of the most trusted names in computing. According to an IDC survey conducted earlier this year, large enterprises selected IBM as their preferred provider of cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) resources.

“IBM continues to focus on the strong growth of our enterprise cloud business and we see Skytap as a key enabler for enterprises that desire to accelerate their software development lifecycle,” said Jim Comfort the General Manager, GTS Cloud Development & Delivery at IBM. “Running Skytap on SoftLayer eliminates any worries software development teams have about the impacts of underlying infrastructure between test and production so they can focus on what they do best—building better software.”

With this release, Skytap also extends its footprint into EMEA through IBM SoftLayer’s London data center. This expanded access decreases latency for European customers and makes distributed teams more efficient by placing compute resources near the teams using them. Skytap customers in EMEA can also leverage the company’s existing portfolio data centers in the APAC region as well as its two existing US-based data centers (US-East and US-West). In March, Skytap on IBM SoftLayer will soon be available at a new US-South regional datacenter based out of Dallas, Texas.

“IBM is a clear and trusted leader in delivering cloud computing solutions,” said Thor Culverhouse, CEO of Skytap. “With our new offering, enterprise teams can now support the complete application lifecycle while working in parallel and sharing environments globally. From test to production, enterprises with applications bound for IBM Cloud have a clear advantage.”

Enterprises interested in simplifying their software development lifecycle can learn more at:http://www.skytap.com/

About Skytap, Inc.

Skytap provides Environments-as-a-Service (EaaS) to transform the software development lifecycle and help customers deliver better software, faster. Today’s enterprise is challenged to continuously deliver new customer-facing applications, while overcoming increasing change and complexity in IT infrastructures. Our customers use Skytap to manage, share, deploy and decommission on-demand environments that contain everything needed to collaborate at each phase of the SDLC, without unnecessary costs and project delays due to manual configuration and dependencies. Enterprise IT organizations maintain full visibility and cost control, while allowing dev and test teams to self-provision labs and share complex environments with ease, for a lasting boost to agile DevOps initiatives. To try Skytap and learn more, visit www.skytap.com.