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Skytap, Inc.
Type Private company
Founded 2006 (2006)
Headquarters Seattle, Washington
Key people Thor Culverhouse (President and CEO)
Employees 75

Skytap, Inc. is a software company based in Seattle, Washington. The company was originally founded under the name Illumita in 2006 before undergoing a rename in 2008.[1][2]


Illumita was founded by Brian Bershad, Hank Levy, and Steve Gribble, a trio of University of Washington professors who had done research on virtualization and cloud computing, as well as graduate student David Richardson.[3][4] Illumita changed its name to Skytap in 2008, and launched its first product, Skytap Virtual Lab, in April of the same year.[5] Skytap received early funding from the Washington Research Foundation. As of 2011, the organization is funded by the Madrona Venture Group, Ignition Partners, Bezos Expeditions, and OpenView Venture Partners.[6] Skytap Virtual Lab has since expanded in scope, and was renamed Skytap Cloud in 2008.


Skytap Cloud uses a browser-based interface for all system management, and hosts a library of pre-configured virtual machine images. Using either these images or their own imported VMs, users can create sharable configurations of one or more machines, and securely connect to active machines via a proprietary java applet. Like other IaaS services, Skytap Cloud is principally used for developing, testing, and demoing software. In 2011, Skytap won the Best of VMworld award in the Public/Hybrid Cloud Computing Technologies category for Skytap Cloud.[7]


  1. ^ Kanaracus, Chris (April 10, 2008). "Startup Pushes Virtual Labs as a Service". PCWorld. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dudley, Brier (April 10, 2008). "Seattle startup Skytap rents out virtual lab space to software developers". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ Timmerman, Luke (January 4, 2011). "Skytap, Fresh Off Boston-Led $10M Financing, Seeks to Make Cloud Computing Work Better". Xconomy. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Huang, Gregory T. (January 3, 2011). "Skytap Scores $10M More, Led by Boston Investor OpenView". Xconomy. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Cook, John (April 10, 2008). "Illumita is now Skytap, unveils first product". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Investors". Skytap. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Marshall, David (September 5, 2011). "TechTarget Announces "Best of VMworld" 2011 Award Winners". VMblog. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 

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