January 11, 2012
SEATTLE, Jan. 9 — Skytap Inc., the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced that over one million virtual machines (VMs) have been launched by customers using its leading Skytap Cloud service. This represents a major milestone for Skytap, which provides businesses with an easy and secure way to create complex computing environments in the cloud. The announcement follows a string of innovations and accolades achieved by the company throughout 2011, including being selected as a "Best of VMWorld 2011" award winner in the public/hybrid cloud computing technologies category.
"Enterprise demand for simple and secure cloud computing has accelerated over the past year, and it's clear the market is poised for rapid growth as we head into 2012," said Brett Goodwin, vice president of marketing and business development at Skytap. "Over the last year, we have demonstrated our commitment to providing customers with an innovative cloud solution that delivers self-service simplicity, visibility and control for development and test environments, online demonstrations, and virtual training. Launching over one million virtual machines is a testament to the success and tremendous business value that our customers derive from their use of Skytap Cloud."
Skytap Cloud is powered by innovative software that was designed from the ground up for the next generation of cloud computing. Using Skytap's hybrid cloud, end-users are empowered to create cloud-based virtual environments in minutes without additional IT support, run applications without code changes, and collaborate globally using a simple, self-service web interface. IT professionals also benefit from increased speed and agility, but still maintain security, visibility and control over cloud deployments, and the ability to manage allocated capacity across teams and users. Through a hybrid cloud model, enterprises and mid-market companies can utilize the best of both worlds by securely connecting their own private data centers with the Skytap Cloud.
In related news, Skytap also announced that it has completed an examination in conformity with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, which was finalized by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). SSAE 16 effectively replaces SAS 70 as the authoritative guidance for reporting on service organizations.
About Skytap, Inc.
Skytap is the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions for dynamic workloads. Skytap enables users to run enterprise applications unchanged in the cloud, collaborate securely with global teams, and gain unparalleled business productivity. Additionally, IT organizations can gain visibility and control over cloud projects, align capacity with demand, and reduce costs by 70% or more. Enterprises can securely connect Skytap to their datacenters and create virtual private clouds. Skytap is ideal for any dynamic workload including application development, testing, virtual training, application migration and sales demonstration projects. To buy or learn more, visit www.skytap.com.
Source: Skytap, Inc.
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