SOURCE: Skytap

November 24, 2008 13:37 ET

Skytap Publishes "Top Ten Reasons Enterprises Will Accelerate Cloud Adoption With Virtual Labs in 2009"

Dynamic Scaling and Cost Savings Top the List

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) - Skytap, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based virtual lab solutions, today announced the "Top Ten Reasons Enterprises will Accelerate Cloud Adoption with Virtual Labs in 2009." In 2008, the momentum behind cloud computing increased with many vendors announcing solutions, including Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Google AppEngine, and Rackspace Mosso. As enterprises finalize their budgets for 2009, many are now including cloud computing to achieve near-term cost reductions.

However, aside from cost reductions, there are many other compelling reasons for enterprises to adopt cloud computing. The following cites the top 10 reasons enterprises will accelerate their cloud computing adoption in 2009 with virtual lab automation:

--  Eliminates infrastructure constraints: cloud-based services allow
    companies to dynamically scale virtual environments quickly and cost-
    effectively based on business demand.
--  Turns upfront Cap-Ex into Op-Ex: Cloud services provide the same
    powerful computing resources without the large upfront investment.
    Additionally, usage is billed hourly, enabling organizations to pay for
    what they use without investing in unused capacity.
--  Brings software to market faster: Development organizations can
    support critical business initiatives by delivering applications faster
    using the cloud. A virtual lab enables development and testing environments
    to be provisioned immediately and built-in collaboration tools cut
    unproductive cycle time, resulting in shortened delivery schedules.
--  Applications run unchanged in a virtual lab: Companies do not need to
    modify or rewrite applications for the cloud using a virtual lab, so they
    can use cloud resources as an extension of their onsite environments.
--  Enables global team collaboration with a shared virtual data center:
    Developers and testers can collaborate and resolve problems on the same
    virtual machines in real time over the Web. Furthermore, by using the
    cloud, the problem of sharing large virtual machines between different
    geographically dispersed teams is eliminated.
--  Accelerates provisioning time with a self-service model: Today, a
    typical quality assurance (QA) team spends more than 40 percent of their
    time provisioning environments.  A cloud-based virtual lab automation
    solution provides a self-service Web portal so development and QA
    professionals can deploy environments without involving an IT
    administrator.
--  Increases software quality and predictability: Development and QA
    teams can achieve more test coverage and produce higher quality software
    using virtual lab automation. IT environments in the cloud can be suspended
    at the point of failure, allowing testers to 'check in' the virtual machine
    configuration to a shared library. Developers can then debug the issue by
    launching the saved configuration and eliminate hours spent trying to
    replicate a defect.
--  Reduces server sprawl: Cloud-based virtual labs have an easy-to-manage
    configuration library that helps enterprises manage, track and deploy
    virtual machines while eliminating underutilized physical hardware.
--  Creates pre-production 'sandboxes' to test the impact of production
    changes: The cloud allows IT operations to cost-effectively maintain a pre-
    production environment where changes can be tested before production
    deployment.
--  Allows IT operations teams to focus on production uptime: Cloud-based
    virtual labs eliminate set-up and tear-down time, allowing IT operations
    teams to focus work on production systems rather than spending cycles on
    lab environments.
    

"In 2008 C-level executives were eager to explore cloud services, but they also wanted to see real ROI and tangible results from their endeavors," said Scott Roza, Skytap CEO. "Combining cloud services with virtual lab automation creates a compelling business case to transition dynamic, high-cost environments such as application and IT operations test labs, training labs and sales demonstration labs to the cloud."

"Using Skytap's self provisioning capabilities to build and clone virtual environments has cut software test cycle times by almost 100 percent," said Mike Casullo, CIO, WildBlue Communications. "The cost of acquiring and administering hardware is much more expensive and time consuming than utilizing Skytap."

Skytap Virtual Lab provides a 100 percent on-demand 'virtual data center' which is ideal for high cost, dynamic environments such as application development and QA, IT ops testing, training and sales demo labs, which are typically underutilized and difficult for IT operations to maintain. Skytap provides self-service provisioning of industry-standard virtual environments, a powerful web-based lab management application that enables global collaboration, and the Skytap Library, a pre-populated virtual machine library which includes major operating systems, databases and other application software.

For a detailed white paper of the "Top Ten Reasons to Move Your IT Lab to the Cloud," please click here, or for more information on Skytap Virtual Lab, please visit www.skytap.com.

About Skytap, Inc.

Skytap is the leading provider of cloud-based virtual lab solutions that enable rapid development, testing, and deployment of applications in a 100% on-demand 'virtual data center.' Skytap provides self-service provisioning of virtual environments, a powerful web-based lab management application and support for existing applications to run unchanged in the cloud. The Seattle-based company has an experienced executive team and advisory board, including industry veterans from HP, Microsoft, IBM Rational, Mercury and EMC. Skytap was founded in 2006 and has venture backing from Madrona Venture Group, Ignition Partners, Bezos Expeditions, and WRF Capital. For more information about Skytap, please visit www.skytap.com.

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