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

Skytap on Azure – Networking Considerations

Recently, Microsoft’s Adam Stuart, an Azure Networking Specialist, worked with Skytap to put together some Azure Networking considerations regarding how to connect your mainframe and midrange systems to Azure via Skytap on Azure when planning a cloud migration. These considerations included some best practices when designing your networking especially since many of these systems are

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

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

Development and Test Cloud with Service Virtualization: Parts of a Complete Breakfast

​I recently heard from a customer who was curious if Skytap Cloud environments compete with a leading Service Virtualization solution I used to evangelize in a past life. Not at all – in fact the invention of Service Virtualization resolved some of the primary constraints to serious enterprise adoption of public dev/test cloud environments. We

How the Cloud Created Application Darwinism [Video]

Skytap CTO Brad Schick presented a session at AWS re:Invent 2013 titled, “Application Darwinism: Why Most Enterprise Apps Will Move to the Cloud,” and each time I go back and watch it, I more strongly agree with his prediction. Schick of course isn’t the only one making this prediction, Doug Henschen at InformationWeek not only

The Challenges and Rewards of DevOps and Agile Integration

​On the heels of our recent white paper: Accelerate Software Development with DevOps and Hybrid Cloud, I’ve written a bit on the subject of DevOps, Agile, and hybrid cloud. While integrating software development, QA, and IT Operations enables increased visibility and accelerated software development and deployment, implementing DevOps only serves as a strong first step

Don’t Let Your Hybrid Cloud Collapse Into a Black Hole

In this post, I will cover a topic, the PMTUD black hole, that can cause a particularly subtle set of issues in hybrid cloud-based environments where the cloud resources are connected to a corporate office or other datacenter via IPSec tunnels. PMTUD black holes basically cause certain (but not all) traffic to not make it

Join Skytap CTO Brad Schick at DatacenterDynamics Converged 2013

On Thursday, September 12, Skytap CTO and VP of Engineering, Brad Schick, will be speaking at the DatacenterDynamics Conference in Bellevue. The conference is the world’s largest peer-led data center conference and expo​, and offers attendees the chance to learn the latest strategies and best practices from leading end users and cloud-scale data center operators.

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