Skytap Named “Cool Vendor” by Leading Analyst Firm

SEATTLE, Wash. – March 30, 2009 – Skytap, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based virtual lab solutions, today announced it has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in the “Cool Vendors in Application Development, New Resources, 2009” report, published on March 23, 2009 by Research Vice President Jim Duggan, et al., of Gartner Inc. Cool vendors and their products represent key trends, directions and emerging practices in application development (AD).

According to the report, “Building and managing a test lab, always costly, is even more complex with multilayer Web 2.0 applications.” With increasing numbers of applications running in virtual environments, new opportunities are appearing for IT organizations to reduce costs and improve utilization of test-lab systems. Gartner recommends developer team managers and business analysts should review and experiment with new ways to build and deploy compelling applications more rapidly.

“We believe Gartner’s selection of Skytap as a Cool Vendor is testament to the immediate cost-savings enterprises have achieved with our cloud-based Virtual Lab solution,” said Scott Roza, CEO of Skytap. “Customers using Skytap Virtual Lab have significantly reduced total cost of ownership for test labs by 50% or more on an annual basis, while at the same time dramatically reducing application delivery timelines. This is a tremendous benefit for organizations that would otherwise need to invest in additional IT resources – especially in an economy where IT budgets are being slashed and IT is required to do more with less.”

Skytap provides application development and QA teams with a complete virtual lab solution over the Web. Enterprises can take immediate advantage of Virtual Lab by utilizing Skytap’s library of pre-built virtual machine, OS, and application images, or uploading existing virtual machines, builds, test scripts and ISOs into the Skytap environment. Enterprises can scale lab resources up and down as needed from Skytap’s pool of virtualized infrastructure, and tightly control lab operations through a full featured virtual lab management application. As a result, Skytap Virtual Lab provides application development and QA teams with faster lab deployment, additional time for test planning and execution, and improved collaboration across globally distributed teams.

In addition to application development and QA, customers use Skytap for on-line training, software demos and IT operations testing. For more information, please visit

About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

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