Cushman & Wakefield Selects Skytap to Build Development and Test Environments in the Cloud

Seattle, Wash. – December 12, 2011 – Skytap Inc., the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced that Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s largest privately held real estate services firm operating in 230 global locations across 60 countries, has chosen to move its application development and test environments to the Skytap Cloud. Cushman

5 Tips For Adopting Agile IT Methodologies

The cloud model provides convenient, affordable, and on-demand computing resources tailored for software development teams as well as augmenting in-house IT environments. Today’s leading companies use the cloud to change IT to be more agile and power their agile software development teams. Below are five tips that enable them to deliver agile IT. 1. Don’t

Skytap Introduces Hybrid Cloud Capabilities For Increased Simplicity, Security, Visibility, and Control

SEATTLE, Wash. – November 15, 2011 – Skytap Inc., the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced the addition of new cloud computing capabilities that deliver on enterprise demand for simplicity, security, visibility and control. We recently recognized as a “Best of VMworld 2011” award winner in the public and hybrid cloud category, Skytap is building upon

As Lab Manager Goes Away….

The big VMWorld 2011 event in Las Vegas is over – fortunately, my hotel room was not left with a goat, Mike Tyson, a lion sleeping on the bed or anything of the sort. Or, at least, that I’m aware of.  While it was a fantastic event, filled with a ton of excitement, the message

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part Three

Lat week we posted part two of our series: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects. This week we will cover habits 6 and 7. Habit #6: Let your users share IT environments; be sure to manage user roles A big part of being agile in software development is the ability for developers, test engineers and support

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part Two

Lat week we posted part one of our series: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects. This week we will cover habits 3 through 5. Habit #3: Empower your users with self-service & create internal evangelists As an IT architect, teams count on you to drive rapid innovation within your organization.  Cloud computing promises to

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part One

In today’s ever changing IT organization, many IT Architects are evaluating popular cloud services to manage their dynamic workloads. All too often they quickly discover that most popular cloud services present a thorny dilemma: Commodity infrastructure services offer scalability and low cost resources, but they require applications to be rewritten to proprietary formats and APIs

Skytap Wins ‘Best of VMworld’ Award for Self-Service Hybrid Cloud Solution

A panel of experts at VMworld 2011 has awarded top honors to Skytap for innovation, performance and value. Skytap was selected by TechTarget’s SearchServerVirtualization as a “Best of VMworld 2011” award winner in the public and hybrid cloud computing technologies category. The “Best of VMworld” awards program recognizes outstanding cloud computing and virtualization products and solutions released

Skytap Announces Cloud Orchestration

Written by David Strom, Read Write Cloud Cloud provider Skytap announced today that they have beefed up their service to enable more complex virtual environments. The enhancements are significant and represent a new moment in cloud computing to deliver complex computing services without requiring specialized IT knowledge to set them up. They have added two

Business Technology Optimization (BTO) and the Hybrid Cloud

When I was a pre-sales engineer at Mercury (before the HP acquisition), we had coined an acronym called BTO, or Business Technology Optimization. BTO essentially defined a new category of products and services that helped align IT and IT Operations with the needs of the business. Mercury got acquired by HP soon after, which caused

Why You Need to Transition Your IT Sandbox Environments to the Cloud

Today’s IT managers are facing a classic conundrum. On the one hand, we all recognize that IT sandbox environments are an emerging necessity. Companies increasingly need a place for dynamic workloads, such as migration and software evaluations, security testing, pre-production test beds, training sessions and IT labs.  And yet, these IT sandbox environments typically aren’t

Five Steps to Agile Development in the Cloud

Development and test teams are crunched for time just as much as they are crunched for resources. According to a recent survey, ‘developing applications faster’ is a top application delivery priority. The need for speed is amplified when employing an Agile development methodology, as the approach calls for shorter release cycles focused on specific customer

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