Archive of 2020 What’s new

The October 2020 release included the following:

Reserved capacity in Skytap on Azure

Skytap has added reserved capacity usage to Skytap on Microsoft Azure, letting you run your always-on workloads at a reduced rate.

For example, if you have an AIX VM that runs constantly and consumes 128 GB Metered RAM A unit of measurement used to calculate VM usage, based on the amount of RAM (in GB) for a VM. To learn more, see How usage is calculated. with 500 GB of storage, you would request 128 GB RAM of Power compute and 500 GB of Storage reserved capacity to run this VM at the reduced rate.

For more details, see Requesting reserved capacity

New Skytap region

Skytap added the following new region:

AU-Sydney-I-1 (Sydney, Australia)

For more details, see Understanding regions.

August 2020 What’s new

The August 2020 release included:

Updated Usage and Limits

Skytap has improved the user interface for Usage and Limits to make setting account and regional limits easier.

Usage and Limits

We’ve also updated the controls for setting limits to provide more relevant information.

Ram Limit dialog

For more information, see Usage & Limits overview

Updated IBM Power Entitled Capacity calculation

Skytap has enabled more precise control of Entitled Capacity for IBM Power CPU sharing by adding the ability to override the calculated value.

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For more information, see Editing VM CPUs and RAM

July 2020 What’s new

The July 2020 release included:

Environment locking

Skytap includes the ability to lock environments, which disables the following actions:

  • Deleting or copying environments.
  • Saving environments as templates.
  • Changing power state (run, suspend, shut down).
  • Adding, deleting, or changing VMs.
  • Adding, deleting, changing, connecting to, or disconnecting from networks.
  • Connecting, disconnecting, enabling, disabling, deleting, attaching to or detaching from WANs.
  • Releasing or detaching Public IP addresses.
  • Deleting label categories.

    lock environment

For more details, see Locking environments.

Expanded x86 storage

Skytap has expanded cumulative storage to 4 TB per VM for x86 for the following regions:

  • US-Virginia-M-1
  • US-East-2
  • US-Central
  • EMEA
  • DE-Frankfurt-I-1
  • CAN-Toronto
  • AUS-Sydney
  • APAC-2

Each x86 VM is limited to 15 disks and a total of 4 TB of combined storage. The VM can have 1 disk that is 4 TB or up to 15 disks that total 4 TB.

Additionally, for Power VMs we expanded maximum disk size to 4 TB in the following regions:

  • US-Virginia-M-1
  • US-Central
  • EMEA
  • CAN-Toronto

For Power storage limits by region, see Regional service limits.

Added CPU sharing mode

AIX and Linux on Power users can now control the CPU sharing mode to allow a Power VM to run either capped or uncapped. This gives AIX and Linux on Power users better control over resource usage and license costs. For more details, see Editing VM CPUs and RAM.

By default, CPU sharing mode is set to uncapped.

Updated IBM Power Entitled Capacity calculation

Skytap has updated the Entitled Capacity calculation for IBM Power CPU sharing.

For more information, see Editing VM CPUs and RAM

Enabled self-service Skytap for Microsoft Azure customers

Microsoft Azure customers can now add Skytap on Microsoft Azure as a new service within Microsoft Azure, which will be billed through their Microsoft Azure account.

May 2020 What’s new

The May 2020 release included:

New multi-select capabilities

Skytap has used your feedback to make our multi-select capabilities easier to find and easier to use.

environment multiselect

The new multi-select feature is available for the following:

Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance

Skytap has added the ability for Microsoft Software Assurance customers to use Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance for licensing Microsoft software products for use on Skytap VMs.

For more information, see the Skytap attached licenses FAQ.

Updates to the Account Settings page

Skytap has enhanced the Account Settings page. Now you can more easily configure account-wide settings.

In addition, we’ve added the ability to designate the following contacts for your account:

  • Primary administrator – The Primary administrator has the authority to make account-level changes—including anything that may affect billing.
  • Billing contact – (Optional) The person Skytap should contact with billing or invoicing questions.
  • Security contact – (Optional) The person Skytap should contact about security issues.

Usage and account limits are on the Usage & Limits page. To view and change current usage, reserved capacity, and account limits by region, see Setting usage limits and viewing usage.

For more details, see Managing account-wide settings

Account contacts auto-power policy shared drive sharing portal support link webhooks

New Skytap Frankfurt, Germany region

We added the following new Skytap region:

DE-Frankfurt-I-1 (Frankfurt, Germany)

skytap regions

For more details, see Understanding regions.

The May 2020 release included:

Environment locking

Skytap includes the ability to lock environments, which disables the following actions:

  • Changing power state (run, suspend, shut down).
  • Adding, deleting, or changing VMs.
  • Adding, deleting, changing, connecting to, or disconnecting from networks.
  • Connecting, disconnecting, enabling, disabling, deleting, attaching to or detaching from WANs.
  • Releasing or detaching Public IP addresses.
  • Deleting label categories.

    lock environment

For more details, see Locking environments.

Added CPU sharing mode

AIX and Linux on Power users can now control the CPU sharing mode to allow a Power VM to run either capped or uncapped. This gives AIX and Linux on Power users better control over resource usage and license costs. For more details, see Editing VM CPUs and RAM.

Expanded x86 storage

Skytap has expanded cumulative storage to 4 TB per VM for x86 for the following regions:

  • US-Virginia-M-1
  • US-East-2
  • US-Central
  • EMEA
  • DE-Frankfurt-I-1
  • CAN-Toronto
  • AUS-Sydney
  • APAC-2

Each x86 VM is limited to 15 disks and a total of 4 TB of combined storage. The VM can have 1 disk that is 4 TB or up to 15 disks that total 4 TB.

Additionally, for Power VMs we expanded maximum disk size to 4 TB in the following regions:

  • US-Virginia-M-1
  • US-Central
  • EMEA
  • CAN-Toronto

For Power storage limits by region, see Regional service limits.

Deprecation notice for the Skytap Command Line Interface (CLI) public template

The Skytap Command Line Interface (CLI) public template is deprecated.

We recommend that customers use the terraform provider or our API for automation.

April 2020 What’s new

The April 2020 release included:

Import VMs from IBM Cloud Object Storage

Skytap can now import x86 VMs and Power LPARs from IBM Cloud Object Storage (ICOS).

ICOS import page

For details about importing from ICOS, see Importing Power and x86 VMs using IBM Cloud Object Storage.

Expanded capability in CAN-Toronto

Skytap has added the Power A CPU architecture that supports IBM i, AIX, and Linux (on Power) in Skytap Cloud. compute type to the CAN-Toronto region. For details about Power capabilities in CAN-Toronto, see Skytap features by region.

Terraform upgrades

Building on the addition of ICNR tunnels, tags, and labels, we’ve added custom timeout values to the Skytap Terraform provider.

For details, see Skytap Terraform provider reference guide.

February 2020 What’s new

The February 2020 release included:

CPU entitlements for Power VMs

Skytap now enables the ability to adjust CPU entitlements for Power VMs, including approximate CPW for IBM i. For Power VMs, you can now set Entitled capacity (and approximate CPW for IBM i) by changing the amount of RAM and the number of CPUs.

CPU entitlement

For details, see Editing VM CPUs and RAM.

Terraform upgrades

We’ve extended the Skytap Terraform provider to include ICNR tunnels, tags, and labels.

We also updated the provider to support Terraform v0.12.

For details, see Skytap Terraform provider reference guide.


For 2019 Skytap release notes, visit Archive of 2019 What’s new. For older release notes dating back to 2011, contact support@skytap.com .