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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 new Docker Ubuntu container and configure it to contain a MongoDB instance and then run it as described in the Docker Examples web page Create a Skytap Cloud Environment Based on the Docker Template Once you log into your Skytap Cloud account, navigate to the Template’s tab and search for “Dock... (more)

Beyond Big Data and @Benioff’s “AI Spring” to the Dawn of Dataware By @MattMcIlwain | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

This article was authored by Matt McIlwain and was originally published on Medium. For more of Matt's writing, you can follow him here! Guest Post: Beyond Big Data and Benioff’s “AI Spring” to the Dawn of Dataware Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Predictive Analytics — we hear these terms every day from companies such as Cloudera, Trifacta and Dato (formerly GraphLab) that are securing many millions in financing. I believe that 2015 will be the year when the conversation moves from Big Data to the Dataware stack. Over the past twelve months we have seen a lot of companies... (more)

A Love Letter from Cloud Dev/Test Labs By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

A Love Letter from Cloud Dev/Test Labs to Service Virtualization by Jason English In the spirit of Valentine's Day, here's a little love letter from "the Cloud" that originally appeared in our partner Parasoft's perspective guide to Service Virtualization. But we think it's especially appropriate now. Enjoy!​ - N.W., Ed. Dear SV, Hey, I know it’s been a while since we started being “a thing.” When we met, everyone said you were just mocking, and that I wasn’t real enough to make a living, with my head in the clouds. Yet, here we are, a few years later. Service Virtualization, ... (more)

Will DevOps Become the Norm? By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Will DevOps Become the Norm? All prognosticators, even us who simply roll out a single annual list, hope for two things: one, that your predictions get a lot of traction and shares across the industry, and two, that you end up actually being correct. Anil Batra’s list of 2014 predictions has turned a lot of heads, largely due to the fact that he led off with such a bold one. “DevOps teams become the norm, not the exception.” While you would imagine that the DevOps faithful and its believers would be the biggest fans of this coming true this year, I would argue that it’s software ... (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)