GigaOM Structure: June 19-20 in San Francisco

From Cloud to Clear Strategy: Structure 2013 will focus on how real-time business needs are shaping IT architectures, hyper-distributed infrastructure, and creating a cloud that will look completely different from everything that’s come before. ​ Tomorrow, the Skytap team will be attending GigaOM’s flagship conference at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF. There’s an

User Support Series: Network Address Translation

In this edition of the User Support Series, we’ll take a look at the documentation for Skytap Cloud’s new Network Address Translation (NAT) functionality.​ As described in the blog piece Dynamic Network Management by Seth Payne, NAT makes it easy to connect many networks together without having to worry about subnet overlaps. Of course, before

NetworkWorld Names Skytap Automation Pack for IBM RTC as Product of the Week

NetworkWorld has named Skytap Automation Pack for IBM Rational Team Concert among its Products of the Week for June 3, 2013. Skytap Automation Pack is software that installs alongside the IBM Jazz Team Server and continuously monitors the build request queue. Incoming build requests trigger an automated process that creates complete build environments in Skytap

Dev/Test: A 5-Step Process for Tuning out the Cloud Hype

Over the past few years it would have been hard to miss the slow and systematic outsourcing of certain parts of corporate IT. The primary solution has been cloud computing—which, of course, means the market is flush with cloud providers—and a lot of hype. With so many options to choose from, it becomes even more

WEBINAR Cloud-enabled ALM: CI and Automated Testing

Join us Tuesday, May 28, at 11:00 am PT (2:00 pm ET) for Cloud Enabled ALM: Continuous Integration & Automated Testing. Enterprises today are looking for ways to accelerate their rate of innovation, increase revenues, and lower the costs of software development and delivery. Agile development and testing methodologies are increasingly being adopted as a

Brett Goodwin to Speak at CAMP IT on February 28

Since 1984, CAMP IT Conferences have produced events designed to help IT professionals understand new technologies and make the critical, strategic, and tactical decisions for their enterprises. CAMP IT’s speakers all have practical experience in their topic area, as well as excellent presentation skills. Over 29,000 enterprise IT executives, management and technical-staff representing over 5000

Adding Cloud Infrastructure to Your Automated Dev/Test Environment

When most people think about using a public infrastructure cloud, it’s usually for an Internet-facing application like a company web server. And if you’ve ever considered a public infrastructure cloud for a training or dev/test environment, you might picture end users having to use some kind of remote access client, connecting via a client-based VPN,

White Paper: Putting the Agile into the Infrastructure

Today we released our latest white paper: Cloud-Enabled Software Development and Testing: Putting the Agile into the Infrastructure. In the paper, we examine ways in which organizations can implement cloud-enabled software development by adopting an Agile IT strategy. The following is an excerpt from the paper: Agile software development is winning the hearts and minds

Can DevOps Turn IT into a Strategic Weapon?

Development, IT Operations, and business stakeholders who have teamed up to build a strong DevOps culture may be wondering if there is room to take things to the next level. Is it possible to use the DevOps methodology to build a competitive advantage? Damon Edwards of says yes. Yesterday, Damon produced an interesting piece

Trek and Skytap Ride Together on the Trail of Innovation

Breakthrough innovation can come from anywhere, at any time, in any place. Today, I was in just one of those places. Waterloo, Wisconsin–home of Skytap Cloud customer Trek Bicycles. Founded in 1976, at a time when it was believed that bicycle manufacturing had moved out of the U.S. for good–in an old red barn, with

Trek Ascends to the Cloud with Skytap

Aging infrastructure is one reason that many companies make the decision to integrate cloud solutions. Trek, one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world, had a point-of-sale software called Ascend, with a development and test IT infrastructure based on an old VMware environment consisting of four servers, a SAN storage system, and limited on-premises

Watch SmartClient at Work

SmartClient™ is our latest feature release that offers a fast, easy, and secure way to remotely access and interact with the complex computing environments you create in Skytap Cloud™. It offers the flexibility of using the SmartClient Java-based browser applet or any Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)-capable client on any device including desktops, laptops, smartphones, and