I had an interesting discussion with a partner recently, and we’re debating on the misconception (or lack of understanding hereof) in the local market (Malaysia) with regards to the public cloud services. A lot of local people claimed that they’re currently providing public cloud services, however when we look at the details of their offering, it’s not!
He goes by saying that even the upcoming SKALI’s own Cloud services falls under that category.
Is it ?!
Let’s review and look at the definition and common characteristics of a Cloud services.
Cloud Services are consumer and business products — services or solutions delivered and consumed in real-time over the Internet. They have the following key attributes:
In my own understanding to explain the above points:
So, does the upcoming SKALI Cloud services meet all those characteristics? I proudly say, YES we do!
But don’t believe all I’ve to say, sign-up for our trial account, and judge it by yourselves!
I’ve told the partner the same….
Comments? post below.
SKALI Cloud team.
trial account request to support(at)skalicloud.com
Recently I was at a Cloud Computing seminar hosted by IDC (the research firm) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. One of the interesting slide they shared, as below:
Uncertainty about Cloud is Dissolving (IDC survey)
The survey clearly indicates that the market are pretty much ready to consider Cloud-based technology as part of their next IT investment in the next 12 months. The question is no longer about “To Cloud or Not to Cloud”, but rather “When can I move into the Cloud” — so that the organisation can enjoy all the benefits (or promised) the Cloud offers.
Based on my personal experience spending time with some of my key clients. The biggest question now is “Where do I begin?”
Talk to us, and we’ll share with you some of our experiences.
SKALI Cloud Team.
Our engineers has prepared a quick, unpolished, and un-narrated walkthrough of SKALI Cloud from his Linux-based workstation based on current beta stage of the platform’s development. A quick glimpse of what you can do inside your cloud account’s once we launch it in a very near future.
The walk-through shall show how you access the Control Panel, create a cloud-server by selecting your preferred OS, adjusting your computing resource of your server and increasing your hard disk space on-demand are only the tip of the iceberg of what you can expect from our cloud service.
Be assured that our cloud platform can be accessed not only from Linux / Unix based workstation, but also from Windows and Mac based computer as long as you have right tools and application to access it (basically you just need a web browser to access the control panel, and a VNC software to access your cloud servers — which you can disable the VNC later once your cloud servers has been setup). We shall provide more details soon.
Enjoy this sneak preview, and any feedback is welcome.
Cloud Computing comes in various definition to many people. We have been asked many times as well, and we think one of the best way to understand “what is cloud computing” is to look at the Cloud Pyramid*. It illustrate how the cloud computing services are being stack up. This would also gives you the perspective of where SKALI plays.
In the recent years, we have seen the new advances in processors, virtualisation technology, distributed storage, broadband Internet access, automated management and fast, inexpensive servers have all combined to make cloud computing a compelling paradigm. Cloud computing has change IT to be delivered as a Service (instead of the traditional owning an infra /server /software /development platform)… either on public or private clouds.
It has practically divided IT into 3 areas of service deliveries.
To understand the cloud-model better, let’s see it by stacking it up as a building block of a pyramid — because you can’t build the layer(s) above before having the layer(s) below. For example, you can’t build a cloud-platform ontop of cloud-application. You have to build from the bottom up, and not the other way around. The higher you are on the stack, you tend to forget the importance of what’s underneath (when you use Gmail, do you really care what platform does it built upon and how complex is the server architecture?). The layers are pretty much dependent to each other, but they can somehow exist on its own (pure play PaaS or SaaS provider).
The higher you are on the stack, the more niche it gets (think crm on salesforce, and email on gmail). It requires lesser technical skills and much easier to use. It provide almost immediate benefits to the organisation/individual to use the application to increase the automation or streamline workflows to become more efficient.
On the other hand, the lower you are on the stack, the more control you have (you can control how your servers are being configured to the exact specifications and fault-tolerance you need). You have more freedom and the breadth to do whatever you need to develop your application in whichever way you can (think Windows/SQL Azure or Google AppEngine) or how the servers are load-balanced, with your chosen operating system, interacted over a specific VLAN within the cloud (think GoGrid or AWS). The lower you are, the higher degree of technical skills required. It offers the flexibility as if you run your own physical data center (this IS your virtual data center).
There are myriad of cloud service providers out there. Choose the one suitable to your needs.
We at SKALI, focusing on providing the public cloud-based infrastructure services located in Malaysia (able to serve you closer). Instead of you stuck with the traditional rigid hosting packages for a determined contract period, our cloud-infra able to provide you with the full root control and the elasticity needed to grow or shrink as you required, pay as you grow.
Do you agree with our thoughts here? comments below.
SKALI Cloud team.
Limited trials available – email us at support(at)skalicloud.com
*the Cloud Pyramid was originally coined by the innovative folks from GoGrid.com
Welcome to the SKALI Cloud services blog!
It’s been an exciting few weeks for us and we’re delighted to be able to say ‘hello’ and welcome you to the SKALI Cloud services beta. We are going to deliver our cloud-based infrastructure services soon, especially targeted for the enterprises & startups market in Malaysia and within the region. We aim to provide the most flexible on-demand, elastic, pay as you go cloud servers, at a very competitive pricing as possible. So you no longer need to worry of the underlying computing power and storage — just focus your resources on developing your systems and applications. Start small, grow as you need it, and shrink it when you don’t need it… computing power on-demand!
The trial site is currently in ‘beta’ meaning that whilst it’s in good shape we know that there’s still work to be done. The best way to get the glitches ironed out is to make SKALIcloud available for people to use and see how it goes. The beta trial accounts are very limited and you need to request directly via our support team (support(at)skalicloud.com).
Once you’re on beta trial, please do let us know what you think and let us know if something isn’t quite right or could be improved. That’s what a beta’s for.
We’ll keep you updated with information and developments here on the blog so don’t forget to check back for the latest news.
SKALI Cloud team.