The Shortcut to the Cloud for Your IBM AIX and IBM i LPARs

You’ve decided to move your IBM Power resources to the cloud, congratulations! You made that decision because you recognize the benefits that the cloud provides to legacy systems. One of these three reasons probably motivated you to make that decision: 1) You are moving other non-Power systems based on x86 to the cloud, so it

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

Skytap Introduces VM host pinning

One of the biggest challenges IBM i (and certain AIX) customers have to deal with is software licensing. The licensing model, adopted by many solutions based on IBM’s Power platform, is steeped in legacy.  You see, back in the day, independent software vendors (ISVs) needed to protect their software from copying and unlicensed use. Before the proliferation of the Internet, there were few effective ways to track software usage.  The most common method

Why We’re Pursuing a Significant, But Overlooked Market

In August 2006, Amazon posted a one-paragraph announcement that it was launching something called Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to bring computing power to the cloud. EC2 joined its recently-launched cloud storage service, S3, to set in motion what would become AWS. The rest is widely-covered history. What’s been less covered is a segment of the market that
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Why the Cloud Must Do More for Traditional Enterprise Applications

We all know that public cloud adoption is on the rise. Numerous analyst reports share data validating this shift. But the hockey stick growth many of these reports chart looks very different when it comes to enterprise adoption, particularly regarding the migration of traditional applications. While research continues to tout skyrocketing percentages of apps moving to the

Making Sense of Multi-Cloud Strategies

Do we have the internal resources to accomplish the move to the cloud? How do we avoid disrupting our business in a negative way? Is it easier to just put all of our applications in one cloud? If we haven’t even moved to one cloud, how could we safely, securely, and efficiently manage a multi-cloud

Container Management and Enterprise Adoption Go Big at DockerCon17

Skytap is headed to DockerCon in Austin, Texas next week, and we wanted to share some of the places where you can check out Skytap’s powerful new container management offering, how you can register for our “Docker, DevOps, and Reality” panel and cocktail party, and some of the week’s incredible sessions that we’re most looking

The Benefits—and Challenges—of AIX Dependencies

This is Part Two of a three-part series; click here for Part Three or click here to go back and read Part One to get you up to speed. In our previous installment in this series, “IBM AIX Is Still a Pillar in the Enterprise,” we wrote about how even though cloud-native applications tend to grab a majority of

The Culture, Trust, and Technology Needed for DevOps Success

In “Strategies to Build Trust in DevOps,” Skytap VP of Operations, Paul Farrall, Paul shares some of his experience in the early days of DevOps initiatives and what’s required to give teams the best chance for success in their efforts. I love that Paul is willing to point out that his first attempt a DevOps

Evaluating Application Modernization Solutions: Part I

As enterprises continue to move their existing, traditional applications to the cloud, Skytap has helped smooth this migration by enabling our customers to quickly and easily collaborate around cloud-based development and test environments. By giving teams the ability to provision complex environments on-demand and with one-click access—all while giving IT full control and visibility into

The DevHops Podcast Episode 6: DevOps Practices for Systems of Record

It’s time for another episode of the DevHops Podcast! While at the 2015 DevOps Enterprise Summit—check out our recap of the entire show—Skytap DevOps consulting manager Kelly Looney and I recorded this episode with Accenture agile and DevOps lead Mirco Hering. Mirco was giving his “Adopting DevOps Practices for Systems of Record” session later in

Gene Kim and Others Share What DevOps is Really “All About”

Skytap was in full force at Electric Cloud’s second annual DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) last week—in the Expo, recording podcasts with the show’s amazing speakers, and sitting in on every keynote and track session possible. Our goal was to get a better grasp on how DevOps is being defined (a hundred different ways), how DevOps

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