SEATTLE, Wash. – January 9, 2012Skytap Inc., the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced that it has completed an examination in conformity with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. The SSAE 16 audit effectively replaces SAS 70 as the authoritative guidance for reporting on service organizations.

“Successfully completing the independent SSAE 16 audit symbolizes the maturity, safety and security of the Skytap Cloud and our self-service hybrid cloud solution,” said Brian White, vice president of products at Skytap. “Security is seen as one of the greatest inhibitors for cloud adoption, so it is imperative that Skytap provides the highest level of security and quality to our customers. This SSAE 16 audit confirms that Skytap’s processes, procedures and controls are held accountable to current industry standards.”

Skytap’s completion of the SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type 1 audit report indicates that selected Skytap processes, procedures and controls have been formally evaluated and tested by an independent accounting and auditing firm. The examination included the company’s controls related to security monitoring, change management, service delivery, support services, backup and environmental controls, logical and physical access.

The SSAE 16 audit is recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as an acceptable method for a user organization’s management to obtain assurance about a service organization’s internal controls without conducting separate assessments. A service auditor’s examination performed in accordance with SSAE 16 is widely recognized, because it represents that a service organization has been through an in-depth audit of their control objectives and control activities, which often include controls over information technology and related processes.

Separately, Skytap today also announced that over one million virtual machines (VMs) have been launched by customers using its leading Skytap Cloud service, which follows a string of innovations and accolades achieved by the company throughout 2011, including being selected as a “Best of VMWorld 2011” award winner in the public/hybrid cloud computing technologies category.

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