​The Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 1

Cloud computing seems to still be one of the reigning buzzwords in high-tech these days. Everything is either “in the cloud”, “powered by the cloud”, or some variation on the theme. I remember when hosted email was just that: hosted email. Today, such offerings are considered cloud offerings even though they have not changed in

Gene Kim on the Need for On-demand Access to Automated Dev/Test Environments

​Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap, and I am speaking with Gene Kim today. At Skytap, a lot of us are big fans of Gene and his work, and we just finished reading The Phoenix Project, which we will talk about, as well as The DevOps Cookbook. I’m curious to know how that’s

How to Eliminate “It Works on My Machine”

​voke analyst Theresa Lanowitz and her team recently conducted an independent survey of over 500 participants from both technology and non-technology companies of varying sizes to explore their use of virtual and cloud-based labs and the results they experience. We conducted an interview with Theresa earlier this year where she detailed how these labs, and

Guest Post: Survey Reveals Benefits in Using Virtual and Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments

​ This article was authored by Melissa Jacobson and was originally published on Orasi’s “Eye on Quality” blog. In late August, voke, Inc. debuted its “Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-Based Labs,” about how companies of all sizes and levels of testing sophistication view, use and benefit from virtual and cloud-based development and testing technologies.

Your Healthcare, Your Cloud, and HIPAA

Healthcare companies once considered the idea of managing any computing activities in the cloud a distant future due to ever-tightening standards of patient privacy. But software development and testing workloads are equally as ideal and secure in the cloud for health industry enterprises as other complex businesses. Since the HIPAA Omnibus rule was released, and

Guest Post: What’s Killing Software Testers?

​Our Tap In Partner Parasoft cooked up this nightmare-inducing, Halloween themed piece; it was originally published on their excellent blog. With Halloween rapidly approaching, let’s take a quick look at some of the top things that are killing software testers… Accelerated Release Cycles In response to today’s demand for speed and “Continuous Everything,” the software

On-premises Data Masking for Increased Cloud Testing Security

​ We recently hosted a webinar with one of our partners, Axis Technology, to demonstrate how their DMSuite® tool ensures that sensitive production data remains secure, while also providing testers with “intelligent” datasets that help them provide more complete testing. This webinar provides tips on how on-premises masked test data management addresses security concerns, while

Who Pays for Parallel Development Pizza Parties in the Cloud?

As we move development and test activities into cloud-based labs, we have noticed an age-old challenge arise to some companies’ adoption efforts. While it is tempting to focus on the value or ROI we can achieve from cloud dev/test environments, we should never forget to ask, “Exactly who pays for all this?” Is accounting getting

New Video Demo: Continuous Integration and Cloud IaaS with Skytap

​Most of our enterprise dev/test customers are either well underway, or embarking on some form of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy to better automate the deployment of code changes and software updates at each phase of the development lifecycle. Common tooling choices here include Jenkins, Microsoft TFS, UrbanCode, CA Application Delivery, and many others. Many are

Customer Spotlight: WorkWise to Tap Into Skytap at Upcoming Conference

​On October 14-16, WorkWise will be hosting their annual customer conference at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WorkWise has been a customer of ours for a long time, and they’re utilizing Skytap in a unique way at this year’s conference. I sat down with Carl Wysocki, WorkWise’s director of R&D Technology, and

Environments-as-a-Service (EaaS) Explained in Only 3 Minutes!

​I’m not quite sure how he did it, but Jason English, Skytap’s Galactic Head of Product Marketing, managed to not just brilliantly explain what Skytap does, nor do it in only three minutes, but also solely create an amazing video to bolster his message! After watching, you’ll be a veritable expert in how Skytap enables:

October’s Upcoming Partner Happy Hours Go Coast to Coast!

​If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or state that allows “happy hour” (you’d be surprised how many states have banned it!) hopefully from time to time you’re able to pop into a local establishment to kick off the weekend a little early, or even continue to work or brainstorm in perhaps a

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