Skytap Leadership at Upcoming Industry Events

In the coming months, Skytap leadership will be attending a number of industry events, including Agile 2013, VMworld, Camp IT, and STARWEST. The Skytap team will be providing live demonstrations of Skytap Cloud, including how our software is used by enterprise customers for development and testing, software demonstrations and evaluations, and virtual training environments. Agile

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

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

User Support Series: Network Address Translation

In this edition of the User Support Series, we’ll take a look at the documentation for Skytap Cloud’s new Network Address Translation (NAT) functionality.​ As described in the blog piece Dynamic Network Management by Seth Payne, NAT makes it easy to connect many networks together without having to worry about subnet overlaps. Of course, before

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

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

Skytap Experts to Speak at Spring Development and Testing Conferences

This spring, Skytap experts will be discussing enterprise cloud computing trends and showcasing award-winning software at a number of industry events, including Camp IT, SharePointlandia, STAREAST, and IBM Innovate. We’ll provide live demonstrations of Skytap Cloud, including how our software is used by enterprise customers for development and testing, software demonstrations and evaluations, and virtual

Five Best Practices For Creating Cloud-Enabled Software Development

Hundreds of enterprise customers are leveraging cloud computing to better enable their IT to be Agile and power Agile software development teams. Companies that have successfully implemented cloud-enabled software development have subscribed to the following five best practices when creating Agile infrastructure: 1. Don’t change the Agile process to fit your legacy infrastructure; change your

Brett Goodwin to Speak at CAMP IT on February 28

Since 1984, CAMP IT Conferences have produced events designed to help IT professionals understand new technologies and make the critical, strategic, and tactical decisions for their enterprises. CAMP IT’s speakers all have practical experience in their topic area, as well as excellent presentation skills. Over 29,000 enterprise IT executives, management and technical-staff representing over 5000

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