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Between the keynotes, the track sessions, and the conversations on the expo floor, Amazon AWS re:Invent 2013 was a ton of information to take in over the course of a couple of days. Amidst all the goings-on, we got the opportunity to sit down with three of Skytap’s customers to learn a little more about what drew them to the cloud, how they’re utilizing Skytap’s services, and what strides their businesses made in 2013. Ryan Carey – DataXu DataXu is “an open, neutral platform that enables marketers to use ‘rocket science’ in a simple UI to understand and engage consumers in a digital world.” Ryan Carey explains how by moving their enterprise dev/test environments to the cloud, DataXu was able to deliver better software at a speed their customers needed. Paul Haury – Fulcrum Technologies Fulcrum Technologies helps enterprise-level customers “manage the infrastructu... (more)

Debating the Influence of Mobility and the Enterprise

​I recently asked a group of people a question that I thought would raise quite the debate, but it surprisingly (to me) failed to do so. I asked, “Have mobile apps been more influential to enterprise software, or is it the other way around?” I’d love to say that it was only a slight majority that said, “Mobile apps are absolutely the ones doing the influencing,” especially since I think I disagree, but this was not the case. Every response I received overwhelmingly voted that mobile apps are having a bigger influence on enterprise software than vice versa. Am I crazy for disagre... (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)

Using Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

This article was authored by Melissa Jacobson and was originally published on Orasi's "Eye on Quality" blog. In late August, voke, Inc. debuted its “Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-Based Labs,” about how companies of all sizes and levels of testing sophistication view, use and benefit from virtual and cloud-based development and testing technologies. The results were pretty amazing―even we were surprised! Among the many benefits the 503 participant companies (50% of which were U.S. based) cited, 53% saw reduced CAPEX (capital expenditures) from the use of virtual and ... (more)

Gene Kim on Automated Dev/Test Environments | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Gene Kim on the Need for On-demand Access to Automated Dev/Test Environments ​Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap, and I am speaking with Gene Kim today. At Skytap, a lot of us are big fans of Gene and his work, and we just finished reading The Phoenix Project, which we will talk about, as well as The DevOps Cookbook. I'm curious to know how that's coming along, and when we can expect to read it. Gene, how are you today. Gene: I'm doing great, and it's great being here with you. Noel: So, to get started, being the DevOps aficionado that you are, we recently had a contest o... (more)