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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 cloud-based labs. Thirty-nine percent said they help eliminate defects prior to production, and 33% said they improve audits and compliance. Of course, the biggest benefit (58%) was on-demand access to environments, which we see as a primary reason why many organizations adopt virtual and/or ... (more)

Using @Docker in Skytap Cloud | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Skytap recently announced the availability of a Docker template in the Skytap Cloud Public Template Library.  Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. This new template allows you to easily experiment with or deploy Docker-based containers within Skytap Cloud. To illustrate this, we’ll do the following: 1.Create a new Skytap Cloud environment or configuration that is based on this Docker template. 2.Deploy a Docker Ubuntu container and demonstrate a simple use case as described in the Docker User Guide. 3.Create a n... (more)

DevOps vs. DevOps - Who Ya Got? | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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. Register For DevOps Summit "FREE" (before Friday) ▸ Here A simple Google search of "What is DevOps?" gi... (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)

Caught! The Real Culprit of Shadow IT

Once you learn the definition of shadow IT, it shouldn’t be too shocking to learn how widespread it is at companies large and small all over the world. I hate to assume, but the odds are, that you yourself have used a non-IT approved SaaS option for the same reason as everyone else, myself included. We’re all expected to do our jobs faster, and at a higher quality than we did in the past, and sometimes it’s just too easy to go behind the backs of those whom we perceive to slow us down, or act as a blocker. A recent study showed that eighty percent of those polled admitted using Sa... (more)