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Skytap Brings Self Service To Hybrid Clouds

Automation tools cut the cost of cloud management and federation by upwards of 70%, says vendor.

More and more companies are turning to cloud technologies to build private, public and hybrid cloud solutions. However, many are finding that managing those silos of services is becoming an impossibility, surrounded by incompatibilities, complex dashboards, and differing standards.

Cloud services vendor Skytap is looking to eliminate many of those pain points for those venturing into the cloud. The company has released a new set of solutions, which brings management simplicity and federation to clouds of all shapes and sizes.

The key component of Skytap's latest innovations comes down to one word--automation. Skytap claims that its cloud automation tools will deliver cost savings of as much as 70%, if not more. Some of the savings come from time reduction and overhead savings.

To achieve those savings, Skytap has integrated four core capabilities into a solution that promotes the privatization, federation, and management of cloud based services. Those capabilities, which are based upon Skytap's intellectual property, include:

1. Self-Service Hybrid Cloud: Skytap's new solution capabilities enable IT managers to create hybrid clouds by configuring network connectivity and security policies quickly using a Web UI. Functional users are then empowered to connect their cloud instances with corporate data centers with point and click ease. Skytap's hybrid cloud solution enables enterprises to create cloud instances that act as a seamless extension of their data centers. With this innovation, Skytap offers comprehensive enterprise hybrid capabilities, including automated import/export of existing images, full support of existing applications, a two-way IPSEC tunnel, and advanced multi-tier topologies that emulate in-house virtual data centers. More than 25% of Skytap customer cloud environments are now hybrid in nature.

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