Software Enabled Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

Anyone who develops and tests software is all to familiar with the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).  In general this is the process for developers developing applications, checking out their code into a repository, and then checking it back in. Later in the lifecycle, Quality Assurance (QA) teams take these builds and install them into

Desktops in the Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about the virtualization of desktop’s in the last 12-18 months. More specifically corporate America has moved more to a best practices approach of centralizing desktops on a series of virtual machines so the end user can access their “corporate desktop” computer utilizing an older PC, home PC, or

Five Tips To Find a Cloud That is Ready For Your Users

Cloud computing is here to stay. It has quickly earned a reputation as a powerful business enabler based on benefits such as scalability, availability, on-demand access, rapid deployment and low cost.  To date, IT savvy users in development and test functions have quickly adopted the cloud model to accelerate application lifecycles. With recent innovations in

Skytap Sponsors CloudCamp Seattle

Skytap is sponsoring CloudCamp Seattle on December 1, 2010 along with other Cloud industry leaders Microsoft, Amazon, Hubspan, IBM, and others. CloudCamp is an “unconference” where attendees can exchange ideas, knowledge and information in a creative and supporting environment, advancing the current state of cloud computing and related technologies. Skytap representatives John Janakiraman, CTO and

2011 Predictions for Cloud Automation Market

​2010 has been the year of early adopters for the cloud automation market. IT savvy users in development, test, training and sales functions adopted the cloud model to accelerate application lifecycle management. With recent innovations in usability and self-service capabilities, functional users in consulting, training, and sales demo areas are becoming the direct, empowered consumers of

It’s Good to Be a Skytap Customer

Last week we announced that our Skytap Cloud virtual training solution continues to achieve strong customer traction. We are fortunate to have market leaders such as Binary Tree, Nuance Communications and Perforce giving rave reviews of Skytap Cloud. In many organization’s training is an important step in the overall application development lifecycle, which includes development,

The Skytap VMWorld 2010 iPad Winner is…

The Skytap VMWorld 2010 iPad Winner is… Over 1000+ visitors stopped by the Skytap Booth at VMWorld 2010 to see what the excitement was all about and to learn why Skytap earned a Best of VMWorld Finalist Award. As many of you know each person that stopped by was automatically entered in to win an

Domain Based Development and Test Projects in Skytap is Heaven!

A lot of Skytap customers ask about running Windows domains in Skytap.  Running domain controllers with test domains in Skytap Cloud can make a lot of sense. With the snapshot and network isolation technology, Skytap Cloud is the perfect development and test environment for this use case. Almost all Windows server products require the use

To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

​I get asked the “To Cloud or Not to Cloud” question quite often.  The answer is easy  – it depends!  I usually get a better reaction than when I give that answer to my kids. It leads to a discussion of the question’s context spanning business, technology, organization, and more. While the conclusion of each

We could not agree more…

VMware Blogger David Davis says it best: “What I have heard most about SkyTap is that they “make the cloud easy”. After seeing their variety of integrated cloud features and their impressive interface, I can see why. The Skytap cloud can be used for application development, app testing, migration, virtual private clouds, virtual training, sales

Configuring a virtual data center in the cloud…literally.

Ladies and gentlemen please be sure your tray tables and seat backs are in their upright and locked positions…we are going for a ride in the Skytap Cloud. It occurred to me today on a flight from Seattle to San Francisco to attend and exhibit at VMworld 2010, that we live in one of the

Are You Attending VMWorld 2010?

VMWorld 2010 San Francisco is less than a week away and we are wrapping up our final preparations for the annual event that is sure not to disappoint. This year we will be arriving with a brand spanking new booth, free trial offers of Skytap Cloud, non stop product demo’s in the Skytap booth (#1432),

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