Skytap Joins Cloud Connect

Industry Leaders Discuss Usability, Scalability and Cost Factors at the Cloud Performance Summit

SANTA CLARA, CA–(Marketwire – March 7, 2011) –  Skytap, Inc., the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced Sundar Raghavan, chief product and marketing officer, will join two panels of industry leaders to speak on the performance issues of highly scalable cloud environments at the Cloud Performance Summit on March 7, 2011. The Cloud Performance Summit takes place from 1:15-4:30 p.m. PT at the Santa Clara Convention Center as part of the Cloud Connect conference.

Now that most IT professionals are embracing the cloud model, they want to know if cloud vendors can deliver on their performance needs. This summit of cloud providers and end-users will discuss how well current offerings meet performance expectations — including key concerns around usability, scalability, service quality, reliability and cost, and what can be done by vendors and IT to improve upon these critical factors. Panel sessions featuring Skytap include:

The State of Cloud SLAs
Cloud applications should be built for failure. At least, that’s what cloud architects suggest: don’t expect things to work, build your applications using sharding and resilient architectures, and you’ll have high availability without an SLA. At the same time, enterprises want a commitment from cloud providers that has real teeth. How do we break this logjam? In this panel, a variety of cloud providers will discuss the terms and conditions with which they’re comfortable, and explain why the best SLA may be one you write yourself.

Moderator: Nolan Goldberg, attorney, Proskauer LLP
Panel participants:

  • Alex Polvi, director of product, Rackspace
  • John Keagy, CEO, GoGrid
  • Sundar Raghavan, chief product and marketing officer, Skytap
  • Steve Riley, technical leader in the office of the CTO, Riverbed

What Users Want — What Vendors Have
Now that we’ve looked at the cloud performance problem from all angles, it’s time to decide what we need to do. How far apart are users and vendors? What commitments and regulations need to be in place? How trustworthy and reliable are on-demand offerings? In this closing discussion, we’ll try to decide what’s ready, what’s unnecessary and what’s missing.

Moderator: George Reese, CTO, enStratus
Panel Participants:

  • Adrian Cockcroft, cloud architect, Netflix
  • Alex Polvi, director of product, Rackspace
  • Alexei Rodriguez, senior director of operations and IT, Proofpoint
  • John deVadoss, managing director, The Ananya Group
  • John Keagy, CEO, GoGrid
  • Sundar Raghavan, chief product and marketing officer, Skytap

Cloud Connect is a four-day, industry renowned conference exploring the continuous transformation, current challenges and emerging trends shaping the cloud computing market. Since 2008, Cloud Connect has been known for its ability to bring vendors and end-users together to define and frame cloud computing discussions for IT professionals.

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 data centers 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