Information Week Cover Story: The Test Lab of Your Dreams

Information Week’s recent cover story talks about how and why more companies are opting to move their development testing labs from traditional in-house infrastructures to new cloud-based test labs. But beyond the glossy descriptions of compelling benefits, Information Week goes a layer deeper to the key question that I hear many enterprises asking: What are

Networking Perspectives: How It’s Done at Skytap

In the first part of this piece, Networking Perspectives: OpenStack v CloudStack, I discussed some of the primary differences between the network architectures of OpenStack and CloudStack. A key point was what we here at Skytap believe are the three core tenets of cloud networking: Clouds are inherently multi-tenant, and network definition and provisioning should

Are You Ready for Windows 8?

There’s no doubt that Microsoft is betting big on what they have rightfully called a “reimagining” of the company’s flagship operation system. Windows 8 looks to offer a significant opportunity to deliver new user experiences, and I would suspect that you are probably wondering how your business will best prepare itself for what this latest

Networking Perspectives: OpenStack v CloudStack

In early April, OpenStack released the Essex version of its stack software. Citrix, two days prior, announced their release of the CloudStack project under the Apache2 license, creating a genuinely competitive market for open-sourced stack software. We here at Skytap are excited to see this, since it represents a growing maturity and adoption of cloud

Dev and Ops: Night and Day. Science and Art. 1s and 0s.

For years now, software development teams and operations/system administrators have maintained this kind of yin and yang duality, pushing each other in opposing yet complementary directions. We’re all familiar with the dynamic of the IT department. Typically, the development team’s raison d’être is to deliver new features to end users. Meanwhile, operations/system administrators focus on

Lab Manager EOL: Migrate Your Lab Environments to the Cloud

In parts one and two of this three-part series, we looked at options for organizations that are currently running vCenter Lab Manager in light of the VMware decision to discontinue additional major releases. In part three, we will explore the option of transitioning to a third-party virtual lab management product. The Move to the Cloud The

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

Don’t Overspend Just Because It’s the Cloud

As momentum around cloud computing continues to drive adoption, it’s not surprising to start seeing more articles about the real costs. One such example is a recent posting I read on VentureBeat. Entitled New study finds small startups typically overspend on Amazon web services by 50% or more, the post recapped a study conducted by

Making Connections at StarEast 2012

Some of our team members made their way to Orlando, Florida, last week for StarEast 2012–the premier software testing conference. It was a successful event with an overall attendance that came in just shy of 900. Had a lot of great conversations with interesting folks from major companies, and really enjoyed talking about their projects

Brett Goodwin to Speak at Cloud Fair 2012 – Seattle, WA

Brett Goodwin, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Skytap, will be speaking at two different events at Cloud Fair 2012 in Seattle, WA. On Wednesday, April 18 at 4pm, Brett’s topic will be Tips and Tricks for Rolling Out Applications Faster in the Cloud. And on Thursday, April 19 at 3pm, Brett will speak about

What We Learned at EclipseCon 2012 in Reston, VA

We just returned from EclipseCon 2012 – the annual meeting of the EclipseCon open source community. VP of Products, Brian White, spoke about cloud-enabled development and provided specifics on which application workloads are ideal for the cloud model. He also talked about how the use of cloud computing supports Agile development practices.  In our own

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