A Look at the Expert Predictions for VMworld 2013

It’s never too early to start planning for VMworld. The Skytap team is always excited to attend an event where so many great companies are emerging with great products. The energy, enthusiasm, and spirit of innovation and learning over the 5-day event is off the charts. It’s definitely our kind of scene. As we’re all

Dev/Test: A 5-Step Process for Tuning out the Cloud Hype

Over the past few years it would have been hard to miss the slow and systematic outsourcing of certain parts of corporate IT. The primary solution has been cloud computing—which, of course, means the market is flush with cloud providers—and a lot of hype. With so many options to choose from, it becomes even more

Balancing Public and Private with a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

In a new article, Network World has named 2013 the year of the hybrid cloud. The article also includes 10 predictions by industry analysts, and two in particular caught my eye. Prediction #1: Hybrid clouds will take off. That is, in fact, exactly what we are seeing happen on the front lines here at Skytap.

The Cloud Foundry Open Source Project and Skytap Cloud

Cloud Foundry recently released a great piece of video from this year’s VMworld. In it, Andy Piper from the VMware Cloud Foundry Developer Relations Team talks with George Stamos, Cloud Solutions Architect from Skytap. They discuss one of our recent product announcements: A virtual private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution that features the ability to spin up

Skytap ESXi Multi-Machine Templates a Hot Product at VMworld

​NetworkWorld has named Skytap ESXi Multi-Machine Templates a hot product at VMworld. Announced on August 22, our ESXi Multi-Machine Templates enable users to spin up a virtual machine in Skytap Cloud that runs the VMware vSphere ESXi hypervisor and vSphere client in fewer than 60 seconds. Using pre-built and pre-configured multi-machine templates for ESX 4.1

White Paper: VMware ESXi in a Cloud-based Lab

Our latest white paper, VMware ESXi in a Cloud-based Lab, is out today. The following is an excerpt: VMware ESXi is VMware’s vSphere hypervisor, used to run multiple virtual servers on a single physical server. It’s available in a free version (called the Free VMware vSphere Hypervisor) and commercial editions such as vSphere Enterprise Plus.

A Look at the Expert Predictions for VMworld 2012

As we’re all gearing up for VMworld, there are some interesting conversations going on–and a lot of buzz about what people think is going to happen this year. The VAR Guy was able to boil down his predictions to five major themes in his article VMworld 2012 Preview: 5 VMware Private, Public Cloud Trends: The

New Hybrid Cloud Capabilities Extend Support for Enterprises Running VMware

Today Skytap is proud to announce new hybrid cloud capabilities that extend support for enterprises running VMware. “Many IT organizations are adopting public cloud computing for IT services such as development and test applications, or for turnkey SaaS applications,” said Chris Howard, managing vice president at Gartner, Inc. “Hybrid IT is the new IT and

Lab Manager EOL: Transitioning to a New Product

In part one of this three-part series, we looked at options for organizations that are currently running Lab Manager in light of the VMware decision to discontinue additional major releases of vCenter Lab Manager. In part 2, we’ll explore the option of transitioning to a new product. Transition to a Different Virtual Lab Management Product

Lab Manager EOL: Weighing Your Options

In early 2011, VMware announced its decision to discontinue additional major releases of vCenter Lab Manager. This leaves organizations that are currently running Lab Manager at a crossroads. They need to determine whether it’s best for them to continue using the virtual lab infrastructure that is already in place, or consider other options for their