How IBM Overcame Complex Technical Training Challenges in the Cloud

Effectively—and efficiently—delivering complex technical training to globally distributed teams is a major challenge for many in the enterprise. IBM delivers hundreds of scheduled events each week to more than two-thousand students a month. With the closing of a data center in France, Bob Blessing-Hartley, CTO for IBM Remote Labs, had to decide how to continue to deliver

Application Modernization from an Operations Perspective [Video]

In the video below, Skytap CTO and VP of Engineering, Brad Schick, explains the disconnect between newly developed software, particularly that which was designed to run in the cloud, and older, “traditional” applications that were not orchestrated with the cloud or automation in mind. While there may always be differences in the speeds at which

NBCUniversal Code Quality Improved by “Orders of Magnitude”

IBM recently hosted a webinar with NBCUniversal DevOps platform manager John Comas to talk about some of the changes that have taken place after prioritizing environmental access and efficiency. We’ve pulled out some of the highlights that stood out to us, but we encourage you to view the webinar as a whole, which can be

Continuous Delivery of Fully Functional Environments at Skytap (Part 1)

At Skytap, we face the same challenges as our customers in developing and releasing high-quality software quickly. Often, the most painful stages of the software development lifecycle are the integration phase (when independently developed components run together for the first time) and the release phase (when new features face production workloads for the first time).

Why Should We Move Our VMware Applications Off-premises? [Video]

Even with all of the gains in scalability that the cloud can bring to on-premises workloads, there are questions you should ask before beginning any migration. We recently published a Cloud Migration Guide to assist companies at the evaluation stage of making such a migration, and just last week, Skytap cloud solution architect Ralph Capasso

Skytap Featured in LogiGear’s “Testing in the World of DevOps”

Skytap was recently invited to share our thoughts around application modernization in the latest issue of LogiGear’s excellent quarterly magazine. Senior director of product management, Sumit Mehrotra, stepped up to the plate to explain Skytap’s position on cloud-based environments, containerization and more. After checking out this abridged version of Sumit’s interview, we encourage you to head

QA-driven DevOps: An Interview with Tanya Kravtsov

Who most often leads DevOps initiatives and transformations? Does the order normally come from executive leadership? Developers? IT Operations? While the answer varies from company to company, one department you don’t often hear about leading the charge is QA. QA director at Audible, Tanya Kravtsov, joins us this week on The Skytap Podcast. We discuss her role

Are You Moving Your VM Sprawl Problem to the Cloud?

I spoke on a panel about a month ago at a Mitchell developer’s conference, and a question was raised around how does Mitchell avoid cloud cost overruns. I thought this was a good question, and, after reading a recent LinkedIn article on out-of-control cloud OpEx, I wanted to present my thoughts on the matter in

#c9d9 Recap: Creating an Internal Dev/Test Cloud

The need to speed up feedback loops, simplify dev/test processes and collaboration, and also save on infrastructure costs — have led many organizations to create an internal dev/test cloud to standardize their processes. On Tuesday, I participated in an online panel on the subject of Creating an Internal Dev/Test Cloud as part of Continuous Discussions

Planning for Long-term Test Automation Success [Podcast]

From automating infrastructure and environment provisioning to code/release deployment—and everything in-between—automation is on everyone’s minds these days. While some are just getting their automation initiatives off the ground, others are well on their way and are now looking for what’s next as they attempt to scale their efforts throughout the enterprise. This week on The

Finding the Confidence to Combat Bimodal IT

We work hard at Skytap to help organizations take large and complex legacy applications and create viable test environments that allow these applications to be safely changed. This supports the goals of continuous delivery while recognizing that highly changeable, microservice-style architectures are unlikely to spring up overnight – so making cumbersome application environments quickly adaptable

Now Available: Secure and Scalable Docker Development

As more organizations look to containerization for gains in software consistency and efficiency—questions around security often pop up. In the webinar below, we show how combining Twistlock and Skytap provide security and scalability in Docker development environments in particular. After a brief explanation of Skytap and Twistlock technologies, this presentation contains a demo that shows

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