How to control costs for IBM I licenses by moving to the cloud

While IBM i has been around for a long time and has not changed much in a few decades, many key applications built on it are still being used today. Some even in critical business use, in healthcare, retail, flight reservation systems and banking. It is also well known that the way IBM i software

You’re Invited! Join Us for Skytap Live 2022

Save the Date: March 23, 2022 8 am Pacific – 1 pm Pacific You’re invited! Join us for Skytap Live, an online event open to all Skytap customers. The event includes information about using Skytap Cloud as well as a peek at our 2022 roadmaps.   Topics 8:00 AM – Welcome and Keynote  Mike Wachal

Cloud Taxonomy for Non-Production Use Cases for the Cloud

The following use cases are potential ways to use the cloud for non-production use cases. The key is to deliver “quickly” the infrastructure needed to perform a specific need or task. Waiting weeks for infrastructure delivery should be considered an “anti-pattern” since the cumulative time of waiting over the course of a project would be

Demystifying SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS

The technology industry is loaded with jargon. Often a result of trying to simplify complex concepts, the abbreviations, buzzwords, and blurred lines can confuse even tech veterans, let alone those new to enterprise tech. So, in hopes of adding some clarity to the conversation, we’ve written a high-level overview that defines the most popular cloud

How Skytap Complements, not Competes with, Puppet and Chef

Skytap is occasionally asked if our cloud overlaps with provisioning and deployment tools like Puppet, Chef, OpenStack Heat, etc. Given Skytap’s ability to make complete clones of working virtual data centers, the confusion is understandable. While Skytap and provisioning tools do have some conceptual overlap, their roles are distinct in practice and are actually best
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Careers@Skytap Videos: When Hiring, Never Overlook the Passion

As you might know by looking at news of our recent funding round, and Skytap bringing in Jill Domanico as VP of Talent, hiring the right people is absolutely essential to our growth plans. Since we’re surrounded by cutting-edge cloud companies here in Seattle looking to grow as well, good talent is in high demand.

Peeling Back the Layers of the Cloud Security Onion

​I had the chance to sit down with Lee Slaughter, Skytap’s Manager of Information Security, to discuss security in the cloud, the efforts that make up a thorough due diligence when choosing a cloud provider, and how to keep up with external and internal threats to your business. Noel: Last year, Charles Babcock wrote a

A love letter from Cloud Dev/Test Labs to Service Virtualization

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here’s a little love letter from “the Cloud” that originally appeared in our partner Parasoft’s perspective guide to Service Virtualization. But we think it’s especially appropriate now. Enjoy!​ – N.W., Ed. Dear SV, Hey, I know it’s been a while since we started being “a thing.” When we met,

A Resolution to Keep: Trimming Your SDLC Waste in 2015

Hats off to Parasoft’s Mark Lambert and our own Jason English for their recent webinar, “New Year’s Resolution: Trim Your Waste to Accelerate SDLC Velocity.” Holiday-themed online content can often be found for a dime a dozen and sadly, the cuteness of a clever title often exceeds the quality of the media itself. But Jason

The Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 3

​​This is the final chapter in Seth Payne’s three-part series. Click here to read Part One or Part Two. Where Do These Ethical Principles Come From? As I mentioned above, I find that understanding the “why” of moral and ethical behavior is just as important as knowing “what” moral behavior is expected.  For this reason, I will briefly

The Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 2

​This is part two in a three part series. To read Part One, click here. Firms also have the moral duty to be honest with the customers regarding security policies, and at times, even system architecture. Many years ago I once found myself in the unfortunate circumstance where a company I was working with had

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