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As a lifelong word junkie, I can honestly say that I've never seen more debate, argument, and failure to reach an agreed upon definition of a word than we're seeing over the word "DevOps." And while it can be frustrating to find a definition that works for you, and not be swayed by the next essay or cute video that gives a new interpretation-for nerds like me, the ever-changing, wildly different beliefs of DevOps' meaning, and even its origin are an absolute blast to pour over. A simple Google search of "What is DevOps?" gives a great cross-section of what we're talking about. "...DevOps - essentially, bringing the development and operational teams closer together through automation to support the speed of change the business requires." - Clive Longbottom, ComputerWeekly.com "...DevOps is "a cross-disciplinary community of practice dedicated to the study of buildi... (more)

The Collegiate Cloud: An Interview with Ferris State University’s Amy Buse

Ferris State University (FSU) is an accredited state university located in Big Rapids, Michigan, offering multiple computing degree plans within its Business/Technology Consortium. The college serves more than 14,000 on- and off-campus students in the region.   I had the opportunity to sit down with Ferris State Professor Amy Buse to learn more about how the school has provided its students with cutting-edge cloud computing technology across a number of applications to better prepare them for their careers after graduation. Jason: How did you discover Skytap, since it is not comm... (more)

What Is the Greatest Blocker to a Frictionless Enterprise?

We're launching the "Tap In Open Forum": a new series of blog posts where we detail a current topic being discussed in the software development and testing community and invite you to participate in an open discussion with our best and brightest here at Skytap. Feel free to share your thoughts and we'll do the same! InformationWeek and IBM Mobile Technical Sales Leader Dustin Amrhein presented a webinar last week as part of their “DevOps Rado” series. The Frictionless Enterprise: Built for Business, looked at DevOps as a viable solution for removing the friction that prevents en... (more)

Development and Test Cloud with Service Virtualization: Parts of a Complete Breakfast

​I recently heard from a customer who was curious if Skytap Cloud environments compete with a leading Service Virtualization solution I used to evangelize in a past life. Not at all – in fact the invention of Service Virtualization resolved some of the primary constraints to serious enterprise adoption of public dev/test cloud environments. We used to describe this phenomenon of constrained components as “wires hanging out of your cloud.” Take any system that you need to have ready for testing, but is not readily available. It could be a heavy mainframe that is too bulky to image ... (more)

Skytap CEO: “Let’s Build a Successful Business” as Enterprises Begin Shift to the Cloud

​Rachel Lerman at the Puget Sound Business Journal recently sat down with our CEO, Thor Culverhouse, to discuss the current shift of enterprise software to the cloud, and how this is setting up Skytap for “massive growth” —her words, not ours—but we'll take it! Thor provided Rachel with the areas that our business has grown, but he also gave a great example why the growth has been so “massive” recently, and why Skytap “is on track to continue doubling its revenue for at least the next two years.”  Culverhose remarked, “More than half of the hardware enterprises buy is dedicated... (more)