Rclone on IBM Power – AIX and IBM i

Rclone is a command-line program to manage files on cloud storage. It is a feature-rich alternative to cloud vendors’ web storage interfaces. Over 40 cloud storage products support Rclone including S3 object stores, business & consumer file storage services, as well as standard transfer protocols. I’m a big Rclone fan.  Helping migrate AIX and IBM i to

.NET 7 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Power – What does it mean? 

Unlocking this architecture’s development for Modern MS tools for any Power Linux OS is progress, PPC64LE repositories have languished regarding enabling things like PowerShell or .Net or other modern MS Tools, and will enable the current generation of developers to start leveraging their organization’s already established investments in Power architecture.

The safest way to live test your ransomware, malware, virus defenses

You aren’t going to release a live virus on your production system, so how do you test your defenses? In the article “The State of Ransomware in 2020“, research suggests that every 11 seconds, some business is being attacked by a cybercriminal. And in the report “The State of Ransomware 2021“, the frequency of attacks

Creating a Self-managed Private Network Connection (PNC) with ExpressRoute in Skytap 

One of the major challenges that customers face for cloud adoption is networking issues, particularly high network latency, which affects how fast data can be transferred from one location to another. These delays are not only frustrating to end-users but are costly to businesses.  Today, Skytap integrates with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to provide a standard 1 Gbps

Rational Tools now available on Skytap for IBMi customers

IBM i customers on Skytap who run development and test workloads or those who require compilers for their applications when moving to Skytap can now license the Rational Development Tools package self-service from the Skytap Hardware Settings page, Licensing section. Clicking on the Edit icon, users can now specify how many users they’d like to

Cloud Taxonomy for Non-Production Use Cases for the Cloud

The following use cases are potential ways to use the cloud for non-production use cases. The key is to deliver “quickly” the infrastructure needed to perform a specific need or task. Waiting weeks for infrastructure delivery should be considered an “anti-pattern” since the cumulative time of waiting over the course of a project would be

Introducing the Skytap Provider for HashiCorp Terraform

As more organizations adopt a multi-cloud strategy, enterprises are in search of the right cloud services to best suit business and application needs, while avoiding vendor lock-in. Gartner predicts, “By 2021, over 75% of midsize and large organizations will have adopted a multi-cloud and/or hybrid IT strategy.” Which is why — in our mission to

Tech won’t solve your non-tech problems

In recent months, tech has become enamored with the latest in a long line of cloud buzzwords, in this case a hyphenate — multi-cloud. Multi-cloud is a good strategy — for all the reasons everyone is already talking about — flexibility, avoiding lock-in, using best of breed solutions, and so on. In fact, we’ve been

Delivering a public cloud using containers and Kubernetes

We talk a lot about modernization at Skytap; it’s our business. But we haven’t shared much about how we are continually modernizing Skytap Cloud itself. This blog is the first in a series that will share our experiences evolving our infrastructure and software development processes. Our goal with this series is to give our customers,

From Telephone Operators, to Moviefone, to AI – Evolving and Modernizing a Traditional IVR Application from Blueworx with Skytap Cloud

Last week I had the opportunity to jump on the phone with Dean Upton, Director at Blueworx.  During our discussion we chatted about the evolution of IVR, the challenges of modernizing a traditional application and the opportunity ahead now that modernization is underway in Skytap Cloud.  Enjoy! How did you get into the tech industry?

Successful modernization is progressive and multi-faceted

Every week there’s a new cloud service or product, which the industry immediately classifies using a set of overly-simplistic labels — public, private, hybrid, and so on. The jargon takes center stage, while the actual value of the technology is obscured and left unclear to the business and IT leaders who need to understand it

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