George Carlin Would Have Loved Hybrid Clouds

George Carlin’s bit on the importance of “stuff” is a comedy classic. As human beings, we have an innate need to acquire, hold, move, and find places to put our stuff. In our personal and professional lives, acquiring stuff can give us a sense of accomplishment, security, and control. Historically, acquiring stuff has been common practice

A Revolution in Virtual Training

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we’ll look at the challenges that face training professionals in today’s enterprise learning climate, and how the cloud is helping to overcome them. Can you take traditional training online and achieve the same learning outcomes? The challenges facing training organizations continue to grow. Companies need to provide software

Interop 2012 Notes: Zynga Moves from Public to Hybrid Cloud

One session in particular garnered a lot of attention at Interop 2012, Las Vegas. That session was Gaming the Hybrid Cloud: Lessons from Zynga’s zCloud given by Allan Leinwand, CTO at Zynga. TechTarget’s Alex Barrett summarized the session in her article: Why Zynga moved from public cloud to hybrid cloud. In it, she asked a

Full Visibility and Control with SmartClient

SmartClient™ is our latest feature release that offers a fast, easy, and secure way to remotely access and interact with the complex computing environments you create in Skytap Cloud™. It offers the flexibility of using the SmartClient Java-based browser applet or any Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)-capable client on any device including desktops, laptops, smartphones, and

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

EarthSoft Uses Skytap Cloud For Training and Help Desk Support

EarthSoft uses Skytap cloud computing for Training and Help Desk support. In this Office Hour, EarthSoft CTO Dr. Mat Weaver demonstrates how Skytap helps EarthSoft and our clients. Skytap provides cloud environments from the ground up, so users can start immediately, scale as required, and de-provision resources that are no longer required.

5 Mistakes SMB’s Can Avoid When Moving to the Cloud

As Featured On ReadWriteWeb.Com 1. Loving a Cloud before determining the problem you are trying to solve. Just move to the cloud. It’s easy right? As they say on TV…”To the Cloud!”. The fact is, moving to the cloud as an SMB can be both advantageous and overwhelming. Adopting cloud computing technology within your organization

A Cloud Mashup is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

With Cloud Computing being offered by a variety of vendors to solve a range of problems, now more than ever it is very easy to combine clouds to solve your unique problems. Attempting to shoe horn your needs into one particular cloud offering that happens to solve one problem well and trying to apply it

Skytap Selected By AlwaysOn as an OnDemand Top 100 Private Company

Skytap was selected by AlwaysOn as an OnDemand Top 100 winner last week. The OnDemand 100 is made up of the top private on-demand and SaaS companies that are carving out the cloud computing landscape with fresh and innovative technology. Skytap has achieved this prestigious accolade for being the leading provider of self-service cloud automation

Cloud Freedom or Cloud Control? Why Not Both?

Let’s face it. As users, we all love the cloud model.  Cloud enables us with self-service freedom, on-demand resources and pay-as-you go flexibility. In a matter of minutes we can get access to cloud resources without too many constraints. That freedom leaves users wanting more. The proof of this adoption is evident in both market

The Role of the Cloud in The Life of Functional Users

Cloud computing is one of the most innovative technologies of our time. The growth of CloudConnect is testimonial to this phenomenon. The cloud model offers many benefits including access to new applications, on-demand resources and lower costs. These are valuable to all users. Yet, most of the discussions are centered on the technical underpinnings such

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