If You’re Not Shipping Software, You’re Drowning

Here on the Skytap engineering team, we recently switched to a monthly release cycle. Our aim is to iterate quickly, release every month, and loop back with customers to make sure we continue to delight them. To illustrate the benefits of such a rapid cycle, I’d like to make an aquatic analogy: Imagine a muddy

CohesiveFT Delivers Elastic Servers to Skytap’s Cloud-Based Platform

Exciting news – we announced today at Structure 08 a technology partnership to make Cohesive’s Elastic Servers available in Skytap’s Virtual Lab platform! The combined solution will provide application development and test teams the capability to dynamically assemble and deploy custom application stacks to our virtual test cloud. For the details, see the press release.

Barriers to cloud computing adoption

Despite all the benefits of cloud computing, there are some barriers to adoption. A recent panel on cloud computing at Interop 08 in Las Vegas, highlighted security and interoperability with in-house systems as key concerns for enterprises considering cloud computing. This is a real issue for many enterprises with a large number of existing in-house

The benefits of cloud computing

So, what are the benefits of cloud computing and why are organizations adopting these services? First and foremost for many is potential cost reduction and amortization. With a cloud computing solution, the customer does not have a big upfront capital expenditure for hardware, software licenses and implementation services. Nor do customers have the ongoing expense

Behind the buzz – what is cloud computing?

Why the buzz? There is an incredible buzz around cloud computing recently, with major articles in Business Week, InfoWorld, CIO.com and numerous other publications, blogs and analyst reports.  Nicholas Carr has written a bestselling book on the topic called “The Big Switch”. And some of the biggest players in the cloud computing segment have announced

Eight Steps to a Virtualized Test Environment

Better Software Conference and Expo, The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada Our CTO, John Janakiraman, is delivering a session tomorrow on the‘Eight Steps to a Virtualized Test Environment’. If you are at the conference, be sure to attend – it’s session W21 at 2.45pm.

Application Development and Eco-Efficient IT

There’s been a lot of hype around the need for “Green IT” and how computing usage affects the environment. The 451 Group published an excellent report summarizing how IT impacts the environment and actually shows that IT’s greenhouse-gas contributions are relatively small when compared with other sources. However, its authors firmly believe that IT should

VMware prepares to enter the cloud computing market

Virtualization.info posted an article today showing the 5 stages of virtualization adoption predicted by VMware. They call out Skytap and Desktone as two leading companies that are already delivering stage 5 capabilities

On-Site vs. Cloud Blog Discussion

Dan Kusnetzky from ZDNet recently posted an article on his blog listing various vendors that provide test lab and IT prototyping functionality. It’s an interesting debate and we’re obviously big advocates of using a cloud-based service for a number of reasons: – No on-site management of hardware – Dramtically reduced administrative overhead – It’s more

Virtual Lab – May ‘Limited Availability’ Release Now Live!

Today we upgraded our production environment to the May ‘Limited Availability’ Release! We have made broad improvements across our product to make it easier, more reliable, more secure and even faster to use. Here’s a list of enhancements included in the May Release: Virtual Machines 1. CD Loader: Load a CD into your Virtual Machines


  We just got back from STAREAST in Orlando and had a great experience. We met a huge number of experienced QA and IT professionals and got lots of interest in our Virtual Lab service. We spent most of our time at the demo stations giving attendees a firsthand view of how it works. Here

Skytap Virtual Lab Nominated for “Best Virtual Lab Automation”

We just got nominated for ‘Best Virtual Lab Automation’ solution for the SYS-CON’s Virtualization Journal Virtualization Readers’ Choice Awards. SYS-CON’s Readers’ Choice Awards, also known as the “Oscars of the Software Industry” has been one of the most prestigious industry award programs for more than a decade. This year’s virtualization awards will be given in