“My application can’t be moved to the cloud!”

My company provides the ability to host IBM Power AIX and IBMi application workloads in the cloud. We partner with two of the world’s largest technology companies to provide this service. During my daily activities as a Cloud Solutions Architect (aka Pre-Sales Engineer), I listen to many customers tell us about their “hopes and dreams”

Connecting your DB2 to Azure Cloud Analytics to unlock data into cloud analytics

We’ve previously talked about expanding into Azure and how you can de-silo your data currently accruing value in your IBM i/AS400 DB2 databases. Today, I want to talk about how this works under the hood. Connecting your DB2 to Azure Cloud Analytics to unlock your data into cloud analytics for greater value works by leveraging

IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i

How to configure geographic mirroring between two nodes This post explains how to configure a basic two-node geographic mirroring environment within Skytap with an example. One of the best guides I have found for geographic mirroring is IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Using Geographic Mirroring. With the increasing business demands for application availability, enterprises are

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

Don’t skip ahead to tomorrow’s tech before solving today’s modernization challenges

The tech industry has “thought leadership syndrome.” It’s a culture so intent on pontificating that we end up jumping to the “next big thing” before we ever master the current thing. Take containers as a prime example. We haven’t even come close to mainstream container adoption, in large part, because there are still so many

Why your legacy apps don’t need to stay in the past

Ask any nostalgist and they’ll tell you they don’t make things like they used to. Purchase a TV thirty years ago and you’d know it would last for many years. It seems applications developed back in the day also had staying power. I was speaking with a business the other day who said they were

There’s no “Serverless for Dummies”

During the past year, buzz around the latest tech du jour — serverless computing — has created a false sense of imminence and urgency for enterprise: embrace serverless now or become antiquated. But it’s time for a reality check. It rarely comes up in my meetings with enterprise IT teams and even serverless evangelists admit

How our Docker and Kubernetes deployment grew up

My colleague Jonathan recently kicked off a recurring blog series about our internal adoption and use of Docker containers and Kubernetes. His post gave a brief history of how we came to introduce these technologies as part of ongoing modernization, and detailed how we addressed people and process changes along the way. In this post, I’m going

Digital transformation is fiction

Digital transformation is the tech industry’s biggest buzzword. It’s also the emptiest. Plastered on marketing materials, embedded in mission statements. But devoid of clarity or prescription. To undergo digital transformation suggests a finite, technology-driven process with clear intent and outcome — this is a fallacy. The often-overlooked truth is that digital transformation isn’t just about

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,

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