Skytap Announces New AutoNetworks(TM) and CloudControl(TM)

Skytap Announces New AutoNetworks(TM) and CloudControl(TM)
Capabilities for Enterprise Hybrid Clouds 
Multi-VPN Capability Extends Software-Defined Networking Features;
New Scheduler Automates Actions on Skytap Cloud Resources 
SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --   Skytap, Inc., the
leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today
announced the addition of a multi-virtual private network (Multi-VPN)
capability to its industry-leading AutoNetworks(TM) technology.
AutoNetworks is Skytap's unique software-defined networking
capabilities for complex, multi-network, multi-machine environments.
With multi-VPN capability, users can create multiple two-way secure
connections between their Skytap virtual environments and on-premise
servers, or connect a single Skytap environment to multiple
geographically distributed on-premise endpoints. Multi-VPN capability
provides enterprises with the easiest, fastest, and most flexible way
to create secure hybrid clouds.  
"In a recent Gartner survey, close to half of respondents believe
they will be using hybrid cloud by 2015. To do so, IT architectures
and processes will need to change and extend -- and the same is true
for security capabilities," said John Pescatore, VP Distinguished
Analyst at Gartner. "Now is the time to be planning how to ensure
company and customer data can be protected when public and private
cloud services are used and also how security policies and
architectures can take advantage of cloud delivery to actually
increase levels of security."  
"Moving our development and testing environment to Skytap Cloud has
accelerated our software release cycles, boosted productivity, and
improved quality," said Keith Weisel, manager of application
development at Dendreon Corporation. "The new multi-VPN feature
enables us to securely connect multiple locations and teams into
Skytap Cloud, providing a secure hybrid cloud solution that is ideal
for our application lifecycle management process." 
Multi-VPN is the latest addition to Skytap AutoNetworks, a rich set
of functionality that leverages software-defined networking for
complex multi-machine cloud environments. AutoNetworks empowers
customers with self-service hybrid clouds as well as advanced network
creation, management, and security.  

--  For hybrid clouds, AutoNetworks offers the self-service creation and
    management of multi point-to-point VPN connections via IPsec,
    one-click network connections from environments to VPN tunnels, and
    self-healing VPN connections via dead peer detection.
--  AutoNetworks also empowers self-service network creation and
    management for each environment, automatic management of IP addresses
    for networks within an environment (DHCP), automatic name resolution
    services for VMs on a network (DNS), and the ability to customize to
    use external custom name resolution services (custom DNS) for VMs on a
--  Lastly, AutoNetworks enables the automatic creation of
    network-isolated environments; one-click options to expose
    environments via public IPs and specific ports; one-click network
    connections between environments within Skytap Cloud using
    inter-configuration network routing; and the ability to create
    multiple networks for multi-tier architectures (e.g., database
    back-end, web front-end).

"Skytap customers are using AutoNetworks to dynamically create over
2,000 networks each day in Skytap Cloud," said Brian White, vice
president of products at Skytap. "Multi-VPN capability delivers on
our customers' desire to easily and flexibly use Skytap Cloud as a
secure extension to their on-premise resources, starting with dynamic
workloads including development and testing, virtual training, and
software demos where the business benefits of moving to the cloud are
Introducing CloudControl(TM) Scheduler 
Skytap also announced the availability of Scheduler, a new
CloudControl(TM) feature, which allows customers to automate state
change operations of Skytap Cloud configurations and templates. Users
can create a schedule by choosing the resource in Skytap Cloud they
want to automate, the action to be performed -- run, save, suspend,
or shut down -- and the time the action should take place. 
For example, customers can accelerate development and testing
workflows by scheduling automated unit and functional tests to run
nightly; schedule load tests to run during off-peak hours; or
schedule daily access for off-shore testing teams. For virtual
training, customers can schedule virtual classroom environments to
run on the specific days and hours of a recurring training class
calendar, or make sure all Skytap Cloud environments are initiated
and suspended at the start and finish of each business day. Once a
scheduled action is assigned, Skytap users receive automated e-mail
notifications when the task has completed. With the automated
resource control capabilities provided by Scheduler, customers can
increase productivity by eliminating repetitive and manual tasks. 
Skytap CloudControl is a set of unique features that provide
enterprises with advanced cloud resource management, automated
control, and powerful administration. Scheduler is the latest
addition to CloudControl, which also includes the ability for Skytap
Cloud administrators to assign resource limit quotas for users; set
maximum burstable limits; send automated e-mail notifications as
quota limits are approached; assign role-based access privileges for
all users; create usage reports; enable users to create clones of
complete environments; and save complete environments as
point-in-time templates that capture memory state and all network
About Skytap, Inc. 
 Skytap is the leading provider of self-service
cloud automation solutions for dynamic workloads. Skytap Cloud gives
businesses a fast, easy, and secure way to create complex computing
environments in the cloud. Customers can run enterprise applications
unchanged in the cloud, collaborate securely with global teams, and
gain unparalleled business productivity. Additionally, IT
organizations maintain full visibility and control over cloud
projects, align capacity with demand, and reduce costs. Enterprises
can securely connect Skytap Cloud to their data centers and create
hybrid clouds. Skytap is ideal for any dynamic workload including
development and testing, software demos and evaluations, and virtual
training. To try Skytap Cloud and learn more, visit 
Lindsey Bradshaw
Barokas PR for Skytap
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