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: SharePoint in the Cloud

​ SharePoint in the Cloud: SharePoint Environment Management and Complex Application Integration was created with development and test professionals in mind. As SharePoint has evolved from an emerging composite of technologies into the fastest growing server product in Microsoft’s history, it has created unique challenges for companies that want to implement it. This paper presents

Predicting Technology: Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Trends for 2013

‘Tis the season for peering into the crystal ball—and in the realm of industry—it’s time for the annual Gartner strategic technologies prediction. Earlier this week in a Gartner Symposium IT Expo session, analysts spelled out 10 strategic technology trends that they say will have significant impact on IT in 2013. It’s worth reviewing. If you

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

VMworld: The Wrap-up

VMworld wrapped up yesterday, August 30, with a final day of hands-on labs and breakout sessions. Over the course of five days, some 20,000 attendees took advantage of the opportunity for education, discourse, and networking in IT infrastructure, applications, and operations. Our team at the Solutions Exchange spoke to hundreds of IT professionals–discussing new tech

TechTarget SearchServerVitualization Names Skytap Finalist in Public/Hybrid Cloud Computing

​Today, our team at VMworld received the finalist award in the Public/Hybrid Cloud Computing Technologies category. The “Best of VMworld 2012” Awards are sponsored by TechTarget SearchServer Vitualization.™  is an enterprise virtualization-focused website providing IT professionals and the community with the latest server virtualization news, articles, tips, and expert advice. There were over 200

Skytap ESXi Multi-Machine Templates a Hot Product at VMworld

​NetworkWorld has named Skytap ESXi Multi-Machine Templates a hot product at VMworld. Announced on August 22, our ESXi Multi-Machine Templates enable users to spin up a virtual machine in Skytap Cloud that runs the VMware vSphere ESXi hypervisor and vSphere client in fewer than 60 seconds. Using pre-built and pre-configured multi-machine templates for ESX 4.1

White Paper: VMware ESXi in a Cloud-based Lab

Our latest white paper, VMware ESXi in a Cloud-based Lab, is out today. The following is an excerpt: VMware ESXi is VMware’s vSphere hypervisor, used to run multiple virtual servers on a single physical server. It’s available in a free version (called the Free VMware vSphere Hypervisor) and commercial editions such as vSphere Enterprise Plus.

New Hybrid Cloud Capabilities Extend Support for Enterprises Running VMware

Today Skytap is proud to announce new hybrid cloud capabilities that extend support for enterprises running VMware. “Many IT organizations are adopting public cloud computing for IT services such as development and test applications, or for turnkey SaaS applications,” said Chris Howard, managing vice president at Gartner, Inc. “Hybrid IT is the new IT and

Cushman & Wakefield Invests in the Cloud

Creating great software on time and on budget is no small task. And like all businesses, Cushman & Wakefield—the world’s largest privately held real estate service firm—has faced an increasingly complex and fast moving market, with demands for shorter response times to IT requests and a desire to enhance productivity of development and test teams.

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

9 Cloud Computing Trends for 2012

In the article The future of cloud computing: 9 trends for 2012, Andrew Nusca of ZDnet uses data from a recent North Bridge Venture Partners survey to frame a discussion on the trends that are affecting the future of cloud computing. And as we’re halfway through 2012, I thought this list was a timely checkpoint

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