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Skytap – The Only Cloud Service Designed to Run Traditional Applications


For small and midsize businesses (SMBs), the benefits of cloud computing are endless. Cloud computing saves businesses time and money by boosting productivity, improving collaboration, and promoting innovation. Businesses use cloud computing to access information anywhere with any compatible device. Rather than storing information on your computer or a server in your office, cloud computing stores data on the internet. It works by making information available from a central web-based hub that gives anyone with proper credentials access from any location with an internet connection. Cloud computing also syncs data for all devices connected to the cloud, keeping them updated with real-time information. In the cloud environment, users can access all types of files, use applications as though they were in the office, and even collaborate remotely while working on the same project or presentation on their device as someone on the other side of the globe. Even if you're away from work or your office server is inaccessible, data in the cloud is always up to date and available wherever, whenever.

Skytap is one such company that provides businesses the capability to run IBM Power workloads in the public cloud without any rewriting, creating a quicker path to the cloud at a lower cost. Organizations immediately benefit by having core cloud infrastructure capabilities and the ability for developers to innovate across these applications sooner with integration into the full array of services such as analytics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. The company has worked hard to extract the complexity found in other cloud providers. No need to configure dozens of services before you can get started; Skytap can take care of that for you down to Layer 2 networking, a technical capability no other cloud provider delivers. Once in Skytap, you're in control – clone environments, build templates, and share all, or parts, of your application across teams in minutes, anywhere in the world.

Why Skytap

It's easy, fast, and it is safe to migrate the traditional applications to Skytap, and then modernize at your own pace. The firm delivers cloud benefits in weeks, not months or years. True self-service, on-demand resources enable you to create your software-defined datacenter and networks with environments on-demand that work in the cloud just like in your datacenter. One can gain all the benefits of cloud speed and scale with little risk and big reward.

Path-breaking solutions offered by Skytap

Self-Service Environments over Infrastructure

Environments are the heart of Skytap and the building blocks of application development and delivery. One can reduce the IT backlog and unlock with instant, self-service access to production-ready environments. Each Skytap environment is a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) supporting a wide range of configurations, including Linux and Windows running on x86, AIX, IBM i, and Linux running on IBM Power. By fully replicating a traditional application's on-premises configuration, environments make it possible for applications to be migrated without refactoring, re-architecting, or re-platforming. By default, every Skytap environment is isolated from others, allowing unlimited clones to existing with zero configuration drift. Features like Inter-Configuration Network Routing (ICNR), VPN, direct connect; public IP addresses, public internet access, and published services allow IP connectivity into and out of Skytap environments.

Administration Designed for DevOps

Balance control and management of resources to enable your teams to work more efficiently. With a balanced approach, the IT backlog is reduced, security is intact, the management of resources becomes the responsibility of the team and all roles are moving in synch. Skytap simplifies many tasks enabling teams to engage in a self-service, on-demand fashion, all from a single dashboard. With public templates available in the Skytap template library, you can start building immediately. Templates make everything easier by allowing you to reuse configurations. Configure environments once, then save as read-only for immediate provisioning and scaling. Easily view template contents and add tags and labels for easy search-ability.

Copy to Region

Skytap's environments-first approach allows for entire environments to be copied from one Skytap region to another with a single command. The complexity of the environment, including the VMs, networks, applications, data, and connectivity to on-premises are replicated in the destination region with zero configuration drift. This approach:

  • Enables follow-the-sun development and testing
  • Prevents configuration drift between environments
  • Ensures the lowest latency possible
  • Decreases or eliminates the need to write and maintain infrastructure-as-code manifests and recipes

The formidable leader

Brad Schick serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Skytap. He has 20+ years of engineering leadership and founder experience in enterprise and consumer technology. He is a software industry veteran with a proven team and corporate leadership skills. Mr. Brad has successfully led product development through all lifecycle phases; from conception to operation. Demonstrated ability to define and achieve business goals and build high bandwidth teams. He is a senior-level software architect with extensive technology experience and deep knowledge of scalable distributed systems. Passion for hands-on problem solving and software development at all levels.

"Skytap's mission is to help companies preserve their existing investments in traditional systems by making it easy, fast, and safe to move."