Do You Even Need Big Data?

I recently wrote a piece for Techwell.com that addresses a question on many people’s mind: Does my company even need big data? It’s important to sidestep the hype and understand the different types of data sets and tools that are available, and which of them will fit the needs of your company. From the article:

Hybrid Cloud Capabilities for DevOps Professionals and Teams

Our enterprise-ready, hybrid cloud capabilities let IT operations and development and test professionals quickly and securely extend on-premise environments to Skytap Cloud. New features, including Network Address Translation (NAT), Command Line Interface (CLI) and Single Sign-On (SSO), enable development and test teams to more quickly and easily deploy virtual environments in Skytap Cloud, while providing

The Best of 2013 (So Far)

As we pass the midpoint of 2013, we’re revisiting the most popular content on the Skytap blog. Across the cloud computing industry as a whole, people wrote about things like why application development is better in the cloud, the different value propositions of public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions, and the variety of concerns relating

Here’s How You Knock a Cloud Trial Out of the Park

Today I’m going to pass along 3 successful habits for running a cloud trial. These tips are based on my experience helping hundreds of companies evaluate Skytap as a cloud provider for development and testing. If you worked through the suggestions in my previous blog piece: A 5-Step Process for Tuning out the Cloud Hype,

With Cloud Computing, Every Minute Counts

Benjamin Franklin coined the enduring phrase ‘Time is money.’ That was more than 2 centuries ago and it is particularly apt when describing cloud computing today. A defining characteristic of cloud computing—whether public, private, or hybrid—is its self-service nature. Computing resources are delivered on demand and end users pay based on their consumption levels, which

The Results Are In: 2013 Future of Cloud Computing Survey

​For the third year in a row, North Bridge Venture Partners and GigaOM Research have produced a survey on The Future of Cloud Computing. The survey was supported by 57 collaborators making it the broadest survey of its kind. The study compiles results from hundreds of respondents, over a third from c-level executives at leading

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

Big Data: Extracting Simplicity From the Complex

Scientific researchers, financial analysts, and pharmaceutical firms have long-used incredibly large datasets to answer incredibly complex questions. Large datasets, especially when analyzed in tandem with other sets, can reveal patterns and relationships that would otherwise remain hidden. In this sense, big data analysis is similar to a microscope or telescope. Big data makes visible those

IBM Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit

IBM Innovate 2013 runs next week from June 2 through 6 in Orlando. Join Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, The Lean Startup author Eric Ries, and TV producer and tech host Katie Linendoll to learn how you can stay ahead in: The major trends revolutionizing system and software delivery across the DevOps lifecycle: Cloud, Mobile, Social,

PMTUD Black Holes: Causing a Subtle Set of Issues in Hybrid Clouds

​I recently had a piece published in the Cloud Computing Journal. In it, I talked about how a PMTUD black hole 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

SharePoint in the Cloud: Environment Management and Complex Application Integration

While many of the development challenges faced early in a SharePoint project are not unique to SharePoint, they can be exacerbated due to the breadth, number of options, and interaction points presented to users by the application. And the situation can present an even greater challenge to consultancies and service providers as they must be

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

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