Skytap on Azure now available

Service for running IBM Power applications in Microsoft Azure

Skytap has announced the public availability of its service for running IBM Power applications in Microsoft Azure. The service provides complete application environments that are compatible with on-premises data centers, including natively running AIX, IBM i, and Linux on Power workloads.

This greatly simplifies migration of existing systems to Azure by eliminating the need to re-architect or re-platform. Businesses can now realize the benefits of the cloud for even the most complex applications.

“We are thrilled to make Skytap on Azure publicly available to enable enterprises and ISVs to move their traditional applications from aging data centers and use all the benefits of Azure to innovate faster,” said Brad Schick, CEO, Skytap.

Customers have been providing continual feedback during preview and are seeing measurable results at public availability.

“We had an urgent need to validate a new configuration of our software on Power for a new customer. With Skytap on Azure we were able to rapidly provision and deploy the new configuration and validate it with our standard battery of QA tests,” Said Jeff Zeisler, VP of Field Services at Delphix.

“It went so well we’re looking at expanding our use of Skytap.”

The service is now publicly available in Azure’s East US region with plans to expand to West Europe, South Central US, and Southeast Asia. Availability dates for these regions will be announced in the coming months. Skytap is listed in the Azure Marketplace and will be transactable in the first half of 2020.

“Our annual IBM i Marketplace Study continually shows most customers have Microsoft Windows alongside IBM i. With Skytap’s service now available in Azure, this group has a complete solution in the cloud that other providers have struggled to offer,” Said Tom Huntington, EVP of Technical Solution, HelpSystems.

“We are excited to work with our customers on their IBM i cloud journey.”

The migration of applications running on IBM Power to the cloud is often seen as a difficult and challenging move involving re-platforming. For many businesses, these environments are running traditional, and frequently, mission-critical applications. The idea of re-architecting or re-platforming these applications to be cloud native can be daunting.

With Skytap on Azure, customers gain the ability to run native Power workloads, including AIX, IBM i, and Linux on Azure. The Skytap service allows customers to unlock the benefits of the cloud faster and begin innovating across applications sooner, by providing the ability to take advantage of and integrate with the breadth of Azure native services. All of this is possible with minimal changes to the way existing IBM Power applications are managed on-premises.

Skytap on Azure is available now through the Azure Marketplace

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