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Skytap has experienced aggressive growth over the past several years, and 2013 was record breaking on many counts – including bringing in a new CEO, increasing headcount by 30%, numerous innovations to our dev/test SaaS offering, and expanding our international infrastructure footprint to meet the needs of our growing global customer base. In order to continue capitalizing on the size and scale of the possibilities that lie ahead, we are thrilled to announce today that we’ve closed a $6.45 million extension of our Series C financing round. All of our existing Series C investors, including OpenView Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and Washington Research Foundation participated. To fuel our momentum and drive our next phase of growth, we’ll use this capital to support the development of Skytap’s channel program, and accelerate our go-to-ma... (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)

Theresa Lanowitz on Solving Age-Old Problems in the Enterprise

Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap and I am speaking with Theresa Lanowitz today, who is the founder of voke. Theresa is going to be giving a keynote at this year’s STAREAST conference on May 8, in Orlando, Florida. The keynote is titled “Extreme Automation: Software Quality for the Next Generation Enterprise.” I wanted to speak with her about what exactly extreme automation involves, trying to define the “next generation enterprise,” and to find out more about what she does and what voke does. Theresa, how are you today? Theresa: I’m great, and thanks for inviting me t... (more)

Service Virtualization Expedites Testing; Enhances Quality

This post was written by Orasi Sr. Solutions Architect Scott Jefferies and originally appeared on Orasi’s “Eye on Quality Assurance” blog.   In December 2012, research firm Coleman Parkes released a landmark study about the business benefits of service virtualization. The findings were significant: 60% of the respondents indicated that unavailability of systems for testing routinely caused software projects to be delivered late. Furthermore, 70% of those surveyed said their firms were releasing applications with reduced functionality as a result. Fast forward to July 2013, and ... (more)

Realizing the Value of Cloud Beyond the Infrastructure for Dev & Test

By now we’ve seen plenty of cost justification on the efficiency of using cloud infrastructure. You can easily Google “Cloud Computing Value” and get a stack of analyst and vendor reports. Or just pop open Amazon’s AWS value calculator and plug in some numbers. There are huge one-time and recurring IT cost savings to be realized by moving on-premise systems to cloud infrastructure. So we get a better deal on compute cost with cloud. That’s something. Now let’s wring value out of one the most expensive and high-risk IT activities: software development and testing. Software devel... (more)