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​I had the chance to sit down with Lee Slaughter, Skytap's Manager of Information Security, to discuss security in the cloud, the efforts that make up a thorough due diligence when choosing a cloud provider, and how to keep up with external and internal threats to your business. Noel:...
It didn’t hit me until after a second viewing of Jez Humble’s recent webinar with Perforce that his ways to predict high IT performance aren’t just a neat party trick; they’re absolutely essential. The days of bugs making it into production, distrust between departments, and delayed fi...
​I recently poured over F5’s “The State of Application Delivery in 2015” and InformationWeek’s “2015 App Dev Priorities Survey” that they presented with Dr. Dobb’s. The similarity of their titles, and even their release dates made me wonder how unique each of their findings would be, a...
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. Hey, I know it’s been a while since we start...
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―...
Hats off to Parasoft’s Mark Lambert and our own Jason English for their recent webinar, “New Year's Resolution: Trim Your Waste to Accelerate SDLC Velocity.” Holiday-themed online content can often be found for a dime a dozen and sadly, the cuteness of a clever title often exceeds the ...
Skytap's new VP of Talent has fascinating stories to tell and some outstanding advice for landing a job in one of the most competitive software development markets in the world—Seattle. Jill brings a wealth of experience to Skytap and will play a key role in our search for top talent l...
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 Da...
As I mentioned above, I find that understanding the "why" of moral and ethical behavior is just as important as knowing "what" moral behavior is expected. For this reason, I will briefly outline the origins of the ethical principles I have outlined above. Broadly speaking, ethical an...
For some, the holiday season is a time to show gratitude. Others spend time with those they hold dear. Or maybe, it is a time to reflect upon the previous year, and look at the year ahead. Or, just clean out the house and donate all that stuff you didn’t need all year. These are all gr...
​Skytap is occasionally asked how our service overlaps with provisioning and deployment tools like Puppet and Chef. While those tools do have some conceptual overlap both with each other and with Skytap, their roles are fairly distinct in practice. Skytap's service provides environ...
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 hea...
Cloud computing seems to still be one of the reigning buzzwords in high-tech these days. Everything is either “in the cloud”, “powered by the cloud”, or some variation on the theme. I remember when hosted email was just that: hosted email. Today, such offerings are considered cloud off...
What I thought was the best definition, had a line about how “communication was the responsibility of both Dev and Ops.” I know sounds really simple, but if you extend that definition of “communication” I thought that did a good job of showing that DevOps is absolutely both departments...
​This article was authored by David Guimbellot and was originally published on Orasi's "Eye on Quality" blog. If your business is capturing or coordinating persistent data as a primary function then it behooves you to create a data quality initiative that improves your Test Data Man...
​This is part two in a three part series. To read Part One, click here. Firms also have the moral duty to be honest with the customers regarding security policies, and at times, even system architecture. Many years ago I once found myself in the unfortunate circumstance where a compan...
​voke analyst Theresa Lanowitz and her team recently conducted an independent survey of over 500 participants from both technology and non-technology companies of varying sizes to explore their use of virtual and cloud-based labs and the results they experience. We conducted an interv...
​Many organizations are recognizing that faster application delivery leads to better business results, but they struggle with how to overcome their barriers to faster delivery. In this webinar, guest speaker Kurt Bittner, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., discusses the mos...
Healthcare companies once considered the idea of managing any computing activities in the cloud a distant future due to ever-tightening standards of patient privacy. But software development and testing workloads are equally as ideal and secure in the cloud for health industry enterpri...
​Our Tap In Partner Parasoft cooked up this nightmare-inducing, Halloween themed piece; it was originally published on their excellent blog.With Halloween rapidly approaching, let's take a quick look at some of the top things that are killing software testers... Accelerated Release Cy...
​We recently hosted a webinar with one of our partners, Axis Technology, to demonstrate how their DMSuite® tool ensures that sensitive production data remains secure, while also providing testers with "intelligent" datasets that help them provide more complete testing. This webinar pro...
​At last week’s STARWEST conference, I attend a number of sessions focused on testing automation. The topic dominated most of the conference, as more and more dev/test teams are being tasked with building better software faster—so its natural that automation and DevOps are two areas be...
​As we move development and test activities into cloud-based labs, we have noticed an age-old challenge arise to some companies’ adoption efforts. While it is tempting to focus on the value or ROI we can achieve from cloud dev/test environments, we should never forget to ask, “Exactly ...
​Most of our enterprise dev/test customers are either well underway, or embarking on some form of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy to better automate the deployment of code changes and software updates at each phase of the development lifecycle. Common tooling choice...
​I’m not quite sure how he did it, but Jason English, Skytap’s Galactic Head of Product Marketing, managed to not just brilliantly explain what Skytap does, nor do it in only three minutes, but also solely create an amazing video to bolster his message! After watching, you’ll be a ver...
​On October 14-16, WorkWise will be hosting their annual customer conference at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WorkWise has been a customer of ours for a long time, and they’re utilizing Skytap in a unique way at this year’s conference. I sat down with Carl Wyso...
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 Docke...
​If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or state that allows “happy hour” (you’d be surprised how many states have banned it!) hopefully from time to time you’re able to pop into a local establishment to kick off the weekend a little early, or even continue to work or brainstorm in p...
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...
Skytap recently announced the availability of the Skytap Automation Pack for IBM UrbanCode Deploy. You can read about it in this Skytap blog post from earlier this year. You'll recall that this plugin adds the following functionality into the IBM UrbanCode Deploy Application Process we...
​Today, voke, inc. officially announced the availability of their latest publication, titled, Market Snapshot TM Report: Virtual and Cloud-based Labs. The report was written by voke founders Theresa Lanowitz and Lisa Dronzek, and it features the results of a recent survey they conducte...
​Last week, we co-hosted another great webinar with Orasi, one of our outstanding TapIn Partners, and we’re thrilled to now offer this on-demand to anyone who missed it, or even those who attended but who may want to share it with others! We focused on showing how to provide more compl...
​This technical, but easy-reading story will likely become required reading for everyone here at Skytap. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win (Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford, IT Revolution Press, 2013) ties one man’s journey toward DevOps ...
​What do software testers want to do most while at work? What do software testers enjoy most about their job? What do many testers struggle to find the time to do each and every day? What’s absolutely critical to the success of your enterprise? There’s one simple answer to these ques...
​We have two webinars coming up in the next few weeks that we wanted to invite everyone to. If you can’t attend live, make sure to still register, as we will be sending out the recording and slides afterwards to all registrants.See you online! Automate Your Environment Provisioning for...
Skytap recently announced the availability of the Mesosphere Technology Stack template in the Skytap Public Template Library.The Mesosphere Technology Stack is a framework for developers and system admins to build out self-healing, fault-tolerant and scalable solutions on top of Apache...
​Independent analyst firm, voke, inc., recently conducted extensive research around the concept of “lifecycle virtualization” and the results of their efforts are incredibly revealing on two levels. On one hand you have the impressive benefits and improvements across the entire SDLC, d...
​A consistent theme here at VMworld 2014 has been development and testing. Specifically, how IT operations can deliver the development, test, continuous integration, staging, and ultimately production environments that software development and QA teams rely on. VMware announced tight i...
The article below was originally published by Rajini Padmanaban on the fantastic QAInfoTech blog.​In any discipline, a specialization is most often considered valuable and has a premier status attached to it when compared to a generalized body of knowledge. For example, a cardiologist ...
Parasoft’s Mark Lambert and Skytap’s Jonathan Van Meter gave a great webinar last week that showed how service virtualization helps dev/test teams create “complete test environments in the cloud.”​View now! By utilizing virtualization technology in the SDLC, specifically service virtua...