Shifting from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud is no longer a tough decision: with few exceptions, the cost and scalability benefits are evident. The real debacle is which cloud provider to choose.

Hadoop management software maker Zettaset, abandoning its on-premise VMware infrastructure, chose Skytap‘s cloud.

Skytap offers a bevy of cloud computing solutions to application developers, who can spin up full application stacks using Skytap’s public cloud service. Using Skytap’s cloud, Zettaset has found that it’s able to halve the length of its test cycle by automating many previously manual testing processes.

“[Skytap] is able to accommodate not only our development environment, but also our test environment, because we can very easily able to set up clusters in the cloud and demo those for our customers,” Zettaset CEO Jim Vogt told VentureBeat.

Zettaset offers secure data management software for Hadoop, a popular open source software library that enables distributed processing of unstructured data.

“The value proposition for us is that in addition to filling security, performance, and high-availability gaps that aren’t available in the open source, we do it in software, so you don’t have to go train eight Hadoop guys to build out this infrastructure,” said Vogt. In other words, “You don’t have to be a mechanic to drive a car.”

In related news, Zettaset filed a civil complaint against Intel Monday, alleging that Intel unlawfully extracted trade secrets from Zettaset’s product offerings “to such a level that the Intel Manager for Apache Hadoop Software now mirrors the features and functionality of Zettaset’s Orchestrator software.” A pre-trial conference is scheduled for February 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.