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

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

Think You Can’t Control the Cloud? Think Again.

In a recent article for ReadWriteWeb, Matt Asay talks about the very real need for IT to have security and control without becoming a bottleneck. From the article: It’s hard to believe, but just 10 years ago open source was considered “communist,” an anti-American cancer and the terror of corporate legal departments everywhere. Now, as

Companies Enjoying Big Success with Hybrid Cloud

The previous three posts in this series covered Is this the Start of a Hybrid Cloud Revolution?, How to Build a Hybrid Cloud, and What Does a Hybrid Cloud Look Like?. Even if you have been reading the series from the start, you may still be skeptical of hybrid cloud because it appears ‘bleeding edge’

What Does a Hybrid Cloud Look Like?

In the last two posts of this series, I posed the question Is this the Start of a Hybrid Cloud Revolution? and then described How to Build a Hybrid Cloud. Building off of that base knowledge, I’d like to demonstrate what exactly a hybrid cloud looks like. It’s one thing to see a simple hybrid

How to Build a Hybrid Cloud

In my last post, Is this the Start of a Hybrid Cloud Revolution? I talked about how hybrid cloud has advanced and how I believe it is on the verge of mass adoption by enterprises around the world. ​ At too many companies, new technology is adopted not because IT planned it or wanted it,

Is this the Start of a Hybrid Cloud Revolution?

Prepare yourself. Hybrid cloud is about to explode. At too many companies, new technology is adopted not because IT planned it or wanted it, but because they were forced into it. Luckily, there are solutions that are allowing IT to get ahead of the technology curve—hybrid cloud being one of them. Consider this: What if

Balancing Public and Private with a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

In a new article, Network World has named 2013 the year of the hybrid cloud. The article also includes 10 predictions by industry analysts, and two in particular caught my eye. Prediction #1: Hybrid clouds will take off. That is, in fact, exactly what we are seeing happen on the front lines here at Skytap.

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,

Taking the Cloud from Wall Street to Main Street

In the recent article Taking the Cloud from Wall Street to Main Street, I discussed how cloud technologies that were once only accessible to high tech Wall Street firms can now be leveraged by the majority of enterprises to manage development, testing, and production environments. The following is an excerpt from the article: “In 2011,

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