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Skytap Introduces Hybrid Cloud Capabilities

DAILYHOSTNEWS, November 16, 2011 – Skytap, the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, yesterday announced the addition of new cloud computing capabilities that deliver on enterprise demand for simplicity, security, visibility and control. Recently recognized as a “Best of VMworld 2011” award winner in the public and hybrid cloud category, Skytap is building upon its product leadership by introducing advanced notification services, self-healing automation capabilities for robust virtual private networking, and support for Open Virtualization Format (OVF). Together, these new features enhance Skytap Cloud’s ease of use for business users, while offering the visibility and control required by IT professionals.

“Cloud computing discussions have advanced from what is the cloud and how will it impact my business, to understanding what applications are ideal candidates for different cloud models,” said Cameron Haight, Research Vice President, Gartner, Inc. “What we are observing are that many enterprises are leveraging public and even hybrid cloud models for low risk scenarios that still require placement flexibility such as development and testing, product demonstrations and technical training.”

New capabilities in the Skytap Cloud include:

Advanced Notifications
Skytap’s advanced notification service provides real-time alerts when end users or groups reach configurable utilization levels of cloud computing capacity. Examples include administrator defined thresholds for available storage, compute and networking capacity that is assigned as quotas to specific end users or teams. Notifications can also be set based on total virtual machine hours or the number of total hours that any given virtual configuration has been continuously running.

Self-Healing Networking Automation
Skytap has extended its secure networking intelligence by automatically detecting VPN connections that may periodically disconnect or fail to reconnect properly, and efficiently reconnecting available VPN connections with the Skytap hybrid cloud environment. This self-healing automation ensures that the Skytap Cloud remains available and securely connected to private data centers, while reducing service interruption and the need to manually troubleshoot periodic VPN connectivity issues.

Open Virtualization Formant (OVF) Support
The Skytap Cloud now supports Open Virtualization Format (OVF), an open standard for packaging and distributing virtual machines (VMs) and software. OVF enables the efficient, flexible, and secure distribution of enterprise software by automating the import and installation of existing workloads and virtualized configurations between private, hybrid and public cloud infrastructures.

About Skytap
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.
Website: www.skytap.com

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