A Look at the Expert Predictions for VMworld 2013

It’s never too early to start planning for VMworld. The Skytap team is always excited to attend an event where so many great companies are emerging with great products. The energy, enthusiasm, and spirit of innovation and learning over the 5-day event is off the charts. It’s definitely our kind of scene. As we’re all

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

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

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

Dynamic Network Management

​The cloud has enabled developers and testers to deploy complex computing environments quickly and, perhaps most importantly, without the need to ask IT to set up new servers, switches, and routers. But, while the self-service aspect of cloud computing simplifies resource acquisition it also introduces new challenges. The explosion of information technology has led to

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,

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

Security and Compliance: Does Your Cloud Provider Have Your Back?

In a recent article for CIO entitled, Ignore Cloud Security Assessment at Your Own Risk, John Moore asks who should be on the hook for assessing and validating cloud security, and how the sometimes-complicated world of cloud computing makes that question tricky to answer. From the article: “SaaS apps cover a lot of ground these

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.

The Cloud Foundry Open Source Project and Skytap Cloud

Cloud Foundry recently released a great piece of video from this year’s VMworld. In it, Andy Piper from the VMware Cloud Foundry Developer Relations Team talks with George Stamos, Cloud Solutions Architect from Skytap. They discuss one of our recent product announcements: A virtual private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution that features the ability to spin up