Cloud provider Skytap announced today that they have beefed up their service to enable more complex virtual environments. The enhancements are significant and represent a new moment in cloud computing to deliver complex computing services without requiring specialized IT knowledge to set them up.
They have added two self-service processes today. First is a cloud orchestration interface to stage which particular VMs are started and in a particular sequence. As our clouds become full of virtual servers, we need these tools so that your database server starts after your directory server, for example. There are rules for both startup and shutdown sequences, along with scheduling operations of particular VMs.