Remote Collaboration in the Modern Technology Enterprise

Remote collaboration has become an essential part of the modern technology enterprise, but without the right tools it can be a real pain. When coding, troubleshooting, teaching someone a graphical application—or anything else you do—it seems so much easier if you and your partners are looking at the same thing side by side. Posting log

Using the Skytap Cloud Command Line Interface VM Template

In the April 2013 release of Skytap Cloud, we announced the availability of the public beta Skytap Cloud command line interface (CLI). Documentation for the Skytap Cloud CLI is installed along with the Skytap Cloud CLI itself, but I’ll run through the basics and offer a few tips in this blog post. Using the CLI

New Windows 8 Enterprise x64 and Windows Server 2012 Templates

We recently added a couple of new templates to the Skytap Cloud public template library. The first template is a new Windows 8 Enterprise x64. This is an x64 template to go along with our Windows 8 32-bit template. So while you may have been waiting around to see what’s what before trying Windows 8,

Networking Perspectives: How It’s Done at Skytap

In the first part of this piece, Networking Perspectives: OpenStack v CloudStack, I discussed some of the primary differences between the network architectures of OpenStack and CloudStack. A key point was what we here at Skytap believe are the three core tenets of cloud networking: Clouds are inherently multi-tenant, and network definition and provisioning should

Lab Manager EOL: Transitioning to a New Product

In part one of this three-part series, we looked at options for organizations that are currently running Lab Manager in light of the VMware decision to discontinue additional major releases of vCenter Lab Manager. In part 2, we’ll explore the option of transitioning to a new product. Transition to a Different Virtual Lab Management Product

Skytap Cloud Recognized as 2011 Products of the Year Winner

SEATTLE, Wash. – January 16, 2012 – Skytap Inc., the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced that the Skytap Cloud was named a 2011 Product of the Year winner by TechTarget’s SearchServerVirtualization.com in the Virtualization Management category. For the second consecutive year, Skytap was recognized for its self-service simplicity, as well as

Skytap Cloud Recognized as 2011 Products of the Year Winner

SEATTLE, Wash. – January 16, 2012 – Skytap Inc., the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced that the Skytap Cloud was named a 2011 Product of the Year winner by TechTarget’s SearchServerVirtualization.com in the Virtualization Management category. For the second consecutive year, Skytap was recognized for its self-service simplicity, as well as

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

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

Keeping the Cloud Under Control

It’s no surprise that enterprises are continuing to increase their reliance on cloud computing. Users are ripe to take advantage of the cloud’s undeniable benefits including self-service freedom, flexibility, availability, scalability, and the simple joy of not having challenges related to hardware and software deployments. However, many business leaders have expressed concern about the security

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