Interop 2012 Notes: Zynga Moves from Public to Hybrid Cloud

One session in particular garnered a lot of attention at Interop 2012, Las Vegas. That session was Gaming the Hybrid Cloud: Lessons from Zynga’s zCloud given by Allan Leinwand, CTO at Zynga. TechTarget’s Alex Barrett summarized the session in her article: Why Zynga moved from public cloud to hybrid cloud. In it, she asked a

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

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

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

Skytap Visits Data Center World 2012 in Las Vegas

Skytap recently had a chance to attend and exhibit at Data Center World 2012 – the largest global event of its kind, and the leading educational conference for data  center and facilities management professionals. Our team met with data center pros and discussed topics like the cloud, security, and infrastructure. Our technical experts were there

As Lab Manager Goes Away….

The big VMWorld 2011 event in Las Vegas is over – fortunately, my hotel room was not left with a goat, Mike Tyson, a lion sleeping on the bed or anything of the sort. Or, at least, that I’m aware of.  While it was a fantastic event, filled with a ton of excitement, the message

Wrangling an out of control cloud with notification and usage limits

Now that I’ve shifted the majority of my day-to-day workflow to the cloud it’s easier than ever to have custom environments for each project I’m working on. I still use Google Docs for most document creation and project tracking (lesson learned from an earlier hard drive failure) but for my demo environments, which involve complicated

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part Three

Lat week we posted part two of our series: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects. This week we will cover habits 6 and 7. Habit #6: Let your users share IT environments; be sure to manage user roles A big part of being agile in software development is the ability for developers, test engineers and support

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part Two

Lat week we posted part one of our series: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects. This week we will cover habits 3 through 5. Habit #3: Empower your users with self-service & create internal evangelists As an IT architect, teams count on you to drive rapid innovation within your organization.  Cloud computing promises to

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part One

In today’s ever changing IT organization, many IT Architects are evaluating popular cloud services to manage their dynamic workloads. All too often they quickly discover that most popular cloud services present a thorny dilemma: Commodity infrastructure services offer scalability and low cost resources, but they require applications to be rewritten to proprietary formats and APIs

Business Technology Optimization (BTO) and the Hybrid Cloud

When I was a pre-sales engineer at Mercury (before the HP acquisition), we had coined an acronym called BTO, or Business Technology Optimization. BTO essentially defined a new category of products and services that helped align IT and IT Operations with the needs of the business. Mercury got acquired by HP soon after, which caused

Why You Need to Transition Your IT Sandbox Environments to the Cloud

Today’s IT managers are facing a classic conundrum. On the one hand, we all recognize that IT sandbox environments are an emerging necessity. Companies increasingly need a place for dynamic workloads, such as migration and software evaluations, security testing, pre-production test beds, training sessions and IT labs.  And yet, these IT sandbox environments typically aren’t

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