November 25, 2008
SEATTLE, Nov. 24 -- 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:
"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 of 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 datacenter" 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.
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 percent on-demand "virtual datacenter." 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, visit www.skytap.com.
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