“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Suess

Software development and test engineers often argue about “that’s not really a bug” or “that’s not a blocker to ship”. But they all agree on one thing for sure: shipping the next cool, new release to market faster and doing it with style and quality is fun and exciting. Yet, the reality of crummy old

How many clicks does it take to create a Cloud network?

We are making networking easy in Skytap Cloud – so easy that may be “cloudnetwork” jokes will become as fashionable as “lightbulb” jokes! All it takes is a couple of mouse clicks to create a realistic (meaning complex) application network topology. What we are seeing is that this power and simplicity has freed users from

Private Clouds: Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It Too?

According to some pundits, private clouds are on the rise. ComputerWorld recently heralded ‘Private clouds gain traction with early adopters’ and SearchCloudComputing predicted 2010 would be a big year for private cloud build-outs. However, from our experience talking with companies every day, we see enterprises are hot on the idea of private clouds, but not necessarily the

Focus on ‘right-sized, zero-CAPEX alternatives’

Phil Wainewright recently wrote an article in ZDNet that referenced IDC’s forecast that SaaS growth will surge by more than 40 percent in the current year. He highlighted one particularly interesting statement: “… the harsh economic climate will actually accelerate the growth prospects for the software as a service (SaaS) model as vendors position offerings

5 Points To Make When Your CEO Cries Cloud

I saw an interesting article today in Information Week (click here to view) discussing how to respond to execs when they ask what your cloud strategy is. We’re seeing many companies come to us after a CEO and/or CIO has pushed their teams to think how cloud computing can be used in their organization. A good

2010 Cloud Computing Predictions: The Year of Realism

2010 Cloud Computing Predictions: The Year of Realism The buzz around cloud computing reached fever pitch this year, culminating in Gartner placing cloud computing at the peak of its hype cycle in July. We saw controversy around the Open Cloud Manifesto, the federal government getting into cloud computing with apps.gov, and almost every IT vendor trying to put a

Are All Clouds Equal and Ready for Enterprise IT Workloads?

Lots of enterprises are evaluating external clouds, such as Skytap and Amazon EC2, to off-load their dynamic IT workloads. Top candidates include dev/test, IT prototyping and application migration environments. These can account for 35% or more of IT infrastructure and offer immediate opportunities for cost savings because (1) they are often underutilized due to uneven

Our View on the Open Cloud Manifesto

The Open Cloud Manifesto was released today to a flurry of comment and criticism from the media, including GigaOm, eWeek, ZDnet, and others. This comes after last week’s post from Microsoft, complaining about the closed nature of the manifesto’s development. Although few can argue with any of the broad principles in the document (including us),

CloudCamp Brings Together Seattle’s Cloud Innovators

We attended CloudCamp Seattle on Saturday and participated in the first CloudCamp unconference to visit the emerald city. Seattle is home to an impressive list of cloud computing companies (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google’s seattle campus), as well as a growing list of emerging startups (Decho, Skytap, and a plethora of SaaS companies). This makes Seattle

Recasting Virtualization Initiatives as Cloud Initiatives

According to Forrester and Gartner, consolidating servers through virtualization can result in up to 50% savings on hardware costs¹ and a 15-20% reduction in total cost of ownership² once a project is complete and project costs have been included. I’d wager most IT managers would agree that virtualization has been a cost saving strategy for

Better Software with Crowdsourcing and Cloud Computing

Crowdsourcing and cloud computing are two exciting trends in the tech industry. We’ve teamed up with our friends at uTest to show how you can combine online communities and cloud-based infrastructure to build better software.  Join our 30 minute live Webcast tomorrow to learn: How crowdsourcing and cloud computing can be used together to improve the

Cloud Ontology

John Willis’ blog post and Reuven Cohen comments bring up the ongoing debate on cloud ontology. I posted some thoughts on who will win in the different cloud segments around the launch of Microsoft Azure and the new breed of cloud solutions that combine different elements of the stack to solve specific business problems. Skytap

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