What is IBM Cloud for Skytap Solutions?

By re-hosting core business applications (including Intel x86/VMware and IBM Power Systems/AIX) in the cloud, IBM Cloud for Skytap Solutions reduces expenses as it prepares apps for modernization.

IBM Cloud for Skytap Solutions Benefits

Simplify Cloud Migration

Reduce the time, resources, and costs associated with migrating datacenter-native applications to the cloud.

Lower TCO

Improve IT resource utilization and reduce labor inefficiencies and constraints in the software development lifecycle.

Accelerate Time-to-Delivery

Improve the throughput of the software development lifecycle to enable rapid innovation and delivery of product offerings to internal and external customers.

Reduce Production Issues

Enable testing earlier and more often throughout the software development lifecycle against production equivalent environments to improve software quality and reduce defects.

Application Modernization

Apply an incremental approach to application modernization, introducing containers and cloud-native capabilities to traditional applications.

Feature spotlights

Native Support for VMware and AIX

ICSS natively supports the VMware ESX and IBM PowerVM hypervisors.

Complex Application Environments

The foundation of ICSS, an environment combines applications, infrastructure, networking, OS, middleware, storage, and memory state into a single, replicable unit.

Software-Defined Networking

ICSS environments support complex Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking and offer secure VPN and NAT connections to other clouds and external, on-premises environments.


Configure an environment once, then save as a read-only template. Templates are managed by IT can be accessed on-demand by development teams, reducing provisioning times.


ICSS environments can be replicated in their entirety, including Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking and memory state. Cloning eliminates configuration drift, accelerating provisioning and reset times.

Suspend and Auto-Suspend

Suspend working environments for short-term cost reduction or long-term cold storage. Set timed, “graceful” suspends of resources to reduce idle infrastructure and associated costs.

Role-Based Access and Quota

Set access and control quotas at the region, department, and user level.

Pre-Built Integrations

Integrate with your existing DevOps and CI/CD tools including Puppet, Chef, Jenkins, MS TFS, IBM UrbanCode and many more.

Container Management & Frameworks

Build and manage containers side by side with traditional components. Agnostic support for container management and orchestration frameworks like Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, Mesosphere, and more.

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