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Skytap Automates Networks in the Cloud

Users can make Skytap an extension of their on-site data centers

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Gee, and it seems just the other day that Seattle-based cloud start-up Skytap Inc, the little number where Amazon’s Jeff Bezos parked some of his fortune, was in the virtual lab automation business.

Well, it’s branching out.

It’s gone into the cloud-ware network automation business.

It claims to be able to – poof! – create scalable ready-to-run virtual data centers with fancy advanced multi-tier network topologies in the cloud without a steady supply of aspirin, a self-service web interface facility that should accelerate multi-tier enterprise application deployments of, say, complex ERP and CRM systems to the cloud.

It means complete with comprehensive network security and customizable policy management using virtual routers.

It’s talking nasty headache-producing stuff like clustering, failover, shared resources and multiple subnets with firewalls and security controls deployed simply by pointing and clicking on templates to import and export virtual machines and configure multiple NICs in cloud-based servers on-the-fly and add virtual routers, firewalls and gateways.

Snapshots of entire virtual data centers with advanced network topologies can be taken and shared with remote teams using a web interface.

Skytap says it can automate the deployment process further with its REST-based APIs.

Users can also make Skytap an extension of their on-site data centers via a secure IPSEC tunnel at an estimated TCO that’s 60% lower than an internal implementation and deployed in days instead of months.

Skytap’s widgetry discovers the relevant networking settings and replicates them inside its cloud computing service.

Terremark, Google and Amazon, it notes, can’t spin multiple networks.

Skytap’s chief product and marketing officer Sundar Raghavan says, “Network automation has been a critical missing piece that has held back complex enterprise application deployments in the cloud.”

Pricing’s altogether vague.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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