Skytap Recognized as a Leader in Virtualization Management

Tina Aarsvold

SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwire – January 20, 2011) – Skytap, the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced that the Skytap Cloud was named a bronze winner in the SearchServerVirtualization.com 2010 Product of the Year awards in the Virtualization Management category. Skytap was recognized for its ease of use and cost model assistance. This honor represents Skytap’s seventh award recognition in the last twelve months.

According to SearchServerVirtualization.com, “Cloud computing comes to fruition with Skytap Cloud. Today’s virtualization battle is all about the tools you use to manage your virtual infrastructure. Understanding these products and how they enhance virtualization management capabilities is key to the success of a virtual environment. This year’s winners in the virtualization management category address monitoring needs, capacity management, the virtual network and better cost models.”

Skytap offers a secure on-demand cloud automation solution built upon industry leading operating systems and standards. Hundreds of enterprises and software vendors are using the Skytap Cloud for application development and test, migration and virtual training projects. Skytap empowers functional users to create cloud based virtual environments easily, run applications unchanged, collaborate globally, and reduce costs by 70 percent or more.

“The focus of our innovation is to empower users such as development managers, test engineers and training mangers by providing a cloud-based self-service data center solution,” said Brad Schick, VP of engineering at Skytap. “This recognition validates our innovation is leading the market and delivers IT agility and cost reduction to all of our customers.”

On the heels of a productive 2010, including raising an oversubscribed $10 million Series C round of funding, this award further positions Skytap as the leader in the enterprise cloud automation market. Evolving from a virtual lab service provider to a comprehensive cloud automation solution, Skytap has achieved 400 percent usage growth from last year, and has received numerous accolades based on the superiority of its cloud technology, such as inclusion on the IDC “Innovative Application Development and Deployment Company to Watch Under $100 Million,” SD Times100 and SearchCloudComputing Top 10 Cloud Computing Startups lists, as well as being named as a 2010 Best of VMWorld finalist.

The Products of the Year awards were presented by editors of TechTarget’s Data Center and Virtualization Media, and judged by the SearchServerVirtualization.com editorial staff, in conjunction with a team of users, industry experts, analysts and consultants. Winners were selected in five categories, including virtualization platforms, virtualization management, backup and storage for virtualization, virtualization security and desktop virtualization — and were evaluated on ease of integration into existing environments, functionality, innovation, manageability, performance and value.

About Skytap, Inc.

Skytap is the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions for dynamic workloads. Skytap enables users to run enterprise applications unchanged in the cloud, collaborate securely with global teams, and gain unparalleled business productivity. Additionally, IT organizations can gain visibility and control over cloud projects, align capacity with demand, and reduce costs by 70% or more. Enterprises can securely connect Skytap to their data centers and create hybrid clouds. Skytap is ideal for any dynamic workload including application development, testing, virtual training, application migration and sales demonstration projects. To buy or learn more, visit www.skytap.com.

About SearchServerVirtualization.com

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