Skytap provides cloud automation solutions for enterprises and software vendors to develop, test, migrate, evaluate, demo, and train on new and existing applications in the cloud.

• Functional users are empowered to create cloud based virtual environments, run applications without code changes, and collaborate globally using a self-service UI.

• IT professionals get visibility and control over cloud deployments, enforce security, usage, and budget policies, and reduce costs by up to 70%.

• Enterprises can securely connect Skytap to their data center and create hybrid clouds.

Businesses of all sizes can deploy Skytap in a day and accelerate their transformation to the cloud.

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Whitepaper: Accelerate Software Development with DevOps and Hybrid Cloud

by SkytapDec 02, 2013

Agile methodologies give development and test teams the ability to build software at a faster rate than ever before. Combining DevOps with hybrid cloud architectures give teams not just the principles, but also the technology necessary to achieve their goals.

By combining hybrid cloud and DevOps:

• IT departments maintain control, visibility, and security
• Dev/test teams remain agile and collaborative
• Organizational barriers are broken down
• Innovation and automation can thrive

Download this white paper to read more.

Whitepaper: Agility in the Cloud: How Dev/Test Teams Can Increase Velocity While Reducing Defects

by SkytapApr 09, 2014

Over the past decade, Agile development methods and continuous integration have seen broad adoption across the enterprise, large ISVs, and even amongst system integrators. Adopting an Agile mindset can help development and test teams improve software quality, shorten release cycles, and enable business owners and stakeholders to quickly deliver higher value to their customers. Yet, even after adopting Agile methods, dev/test teams still struggle with obtaining, building, and managing the resources and computing environments they need.

This paper discusses how cloud-based computing environments can aid dev/test teams by removing impediments due to resource and environment constraints.

Whitepaper: Cloud Computing: How to Build a Cloud-Based QA Dev Test Lab

by SkytapSep 23, 2013

Cloud Computing is a technology that promises quantifiable benefits for application development and QA organizations: faster lab deployment, less manual set-up work, greater resource flexibility and utilization, and easier reproduction of defects.

However, adopting the Cloud model in a development or QA organization isn?t without issues. Often it?s not obvious whether to build out a custom virtualization framework or make a strategic bet to implement a full QA Dev Test Cloud complete with automation and a pool of centralized hardware.

This white paper discusses the software quality challenges commonly faced by application development teams and how the Cloud can lead to a more strategic approach to QA practices. It describes the capabilities that virtualization can offer in a lab environment and three different approaches available: (1) a custom solution; (2) an in-house virtual lab automation package; and (3) an on-demand Cloud automation solution. Finally this paper outlines the steps to evaluate a Cloud solution for your QA organization and provides further resources to help you get started.

Webcast: Cloud Enabled ALM: Continuous Integration & Automated Testing

by SkytapNov 21, 2013

Enterprises today are looking for ways to accelerate their rate of innovation, increase revenues, and lower the costs of software development and delivery. Agile development and testing methodologies are increasingly being adopted as a central means to accelerate the delivery of new software products to market. Accordingly, many application lifecycle management (ALM) products are being upgraded – or designed from scratch – to support the Agile development and delivery model. For many companies, Continuous Integration (CI) – the practice of frequently integrating developers' new or changed code with the existing code repository so that there is no intervening window between code commit and build, and so that no errors can arise without developers noticing them and correcting them immediately – represents the ultimate model for modern software application development and testing. Cloud computing, with its inherent characteristics of elasticity, scale, self-service, and on-demand automation, is increasingly being adopted as a way to realize the full potential of Agile development and to move towards a model of Continuous Integration.

But a key question remains: How can developers and testers use their preferred ALM tools and processes in place today and seamlessly integrate on-premise and cloud infrastructure to achieve sustained increases in speed, agility, and team productivity? Sumit Mehrotra, Director of Product Management for Skytap will walk us through cloud enabled ALM with continuous integration and automated testing in today's Enterprise development teams.

Whitepaper: Cloud-Enabled Software Development and Testing: Putting the Agile into the Infrastructure

by SkytapDec 02, 2013

Great software has changed our world. In order to thrive in today's market, your organization must be more innovative than ever before. Agile development enables teams to build better software faster, but development teams are often limited by inelastic resources. To be truly agile, dev/test teams require elastic, automated, self-service resources that work with on-premise infrastructure.

Download this white paper to learn more.

Whitepaper: Cloud-Enabled Software: Putting the Agile into the Infrastructure

by SkytapApr 09, 2014

Great software has changed our world. In order to thrive in today's market, your organization must be more innovative than ever before. Agile development enables teams to build better software faster, but development teams are often limited by inelastic resources. To be truly agile, dev/test teams require elastic, automated, self-service resources that work with on-premise infrastructure.

Download this white paper to learn more.

Webcast: Enterprise Application Evolution: Hybrid Apps and the Cloud

by SkytapAug 15, 2013

Complex multi-tier enterprise applications that have been under development for decades assume reliable hardware and typically have dependencies on underlying operating systems, hardware configurations, and network topologies. The boundary between one application or service and another is often fuzzy, with many interdependencies, which shows why the evolution of enterprise apps will be hybrid.
Attend this webinar to learn how to:

  • Evolve complex multi-tier enterprise applications to leverage public cloud resources
  • Architect your application development and testing environments to maximize efficiencies
  • Enable self-service to development teams providing Agile infrastructure
  • Maintain resource utilization visibility and control over public cloud resources
Register now to gain insights from Brad Schick, CTO of Skytap, into why the evolution of enterprise applications will be hybrid applications that will opportunistically take advantage of cloud based services.

Whitepaper: Gartner: 7 Steps to Improve Release Velocity

by SkytapSep 10, 2014

With business increasing its rate of change, I&O must improve current practices to meet the ever-changing demands of its end-user community. As a result, I&O groups are currently under intense pressure to accelerate releases. One particular approach to consider is to clearly identify the business requirement for speed, and adjust velocity accordingly. Additionally, it is imperative to take into account that, as the size of the release increases, the speed applied will decrease. With this in mind, Gartner has developed the following "on ramp" for enterprise I&O groups that provides a methodology to improve release cycle times. View it now!

Whitepaper: Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-based Labs

by SkytapSep 02, 2014

From a benefits perspective, lifecycle virtualization technologies deliver a quick and measurable economic impact, just as server virtualization has for the datacenter. Lifecycle virtualization includes the technology of virtual and cloud-based labs. Virtual and cloud-based labs enable development and QA to access production equivalent environments on-demand, anytime and anywhere. Virtual and cloud-based lab technology is a must-have for enterprises of all types and sizes to help reduce overall software cycle times and create an optimized environment for development and testing activities. This Market Snapshot report provides real-world data to help organizations justify the investment in virtual and cloud-based labs.