In Malaysia, Cloud Computing is like a Ghost…

Posted by admin in Blog on March 12, 2011 with No Comments

We have been invited and attended the 2010 IDC Cloud Conference, and shared -> ‘To Cloud or Not to Cloud? post to our readers back then.

The panelist Q&A session.

This year (2011), we have been invited again to the prestigious IDC annual event,with a twist, this time as a speaker instead!   

Interestingly, we were the only local-bred company listed as a speaker.What an honour. Thanks IDC.

It was a full day event, and we ourselves had planned to share some of our thoughts on the ‘cloud is business’ theme, and prepared a 12 slides deck for the 30 minutes slot given.

 

The keynote speech by IDC was solid. Some great new facts we have learnt (would share some of those soon), however we were taken aback when the speaker said ‘In Malaysia, cloud computing is like a GHOST, everybody is talking about it, but it’s neither here nor there..’

We took it as a challenge, and also saw it as an opportunity!

We thought, instead of us going through our prepared deck sharing the general thoughts on cloud computing industry in Malaysia (the theme), we would do a live demonstration instead — and it would be a direct product marketing for us. ;)

Luckily, our slot was much later after lunch, and we had asked for a permission from the organiser, with a pretext of dispelling the myth! (we were told much earlier to minimise product marketing). Fortunately, the organiser welcomes the idea, as it will breaks the monotoneof many slides presented throughout the day by the various speakers.

The only condition was, to use our own Internet connection. We tested our 3G stick, and decided to proceed with it.

Have you seen the ghost? 100% live demonstration on-stage.

Needless to say, we delivered the talk with a solid 20 minutes live demo over a 3G connection, and some of the feedback we heard later, ‘Now I understand what is cloud computing really is,  good demo by SKALI – I do see some benefits in moving to the cloud ‘. 

Myth busted. Mission accomplished!

Create Servers, Forget Hardware

SKALI Cloud team. www.skalicloud.com

 

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud?

Posted by admin in Blog on March 6, 2011 with No Comments

How’s your Disaster Recovery (DR) plan?

If you have one (and you should!), you probably have almost an identical set of the system hosted further away from your primary systems.  That’s the reason of having DR anyway, IF a disaster were to strike at your primary site – it can be fire, or earthquake, or terrorist act, or it could probably be just stolen! — you can always resume the business as usual accessing to the backup systems. Yes, I’m talking about a full DR scenario, not just an offsite data only backup here.

Depending on your DR strategy matrices (the RTO and RPO), you would need to decide the suitability of your DR requirements and budget. Whatever your strategy is — I’m sure you would agree with me that most of the system at the DR site are idling 60-90% of the time! and yet, you have to continuously pay for the system maintenances, and the associated data centre hosting cost of your server hardware, which is typically tied into a very long-term contract.

Right?

Probably not. Now with Cloud infrastructure services like SKALI Cloud, you have an option. Some of our clients uses our cloud servers for their DR servers. Where they would only pay for the servers resources upon usage only. How do they do that?

First, they setup an identical server mirroring their production server on our platform. Then, depending on their RTO & RPO strategy, we would suggest to them the best ‘method’ of data synchronisation between the two locations. It can be as simple as remote data copy, up to a real-time syncronisation between the sites.  Once ready, they would only pay for the server resources they use.

Case Study

One of our client has an RTO & RPO  of 7 days, and they do data syncronisation from their office to our cloud server only on Saturday. Based on that schedule, the cloud server will be powered-on, and the syncronisation will take about 3-4 hours over the network. Once completed, the cloud server will be powered-off. The client pays for the resources that they use only. It saves them at least 60% of their DR cost as compared to their previous contract.

Our persistent-storage feature allows the client data to remain intact, until the next power-on. Unlike some of our competitors, once their cloud server is powered-off, so is the data.. all gone! In our case, our clients need to only pay for the data storage on a monthly basis (MYR 0.40cent/Gb/mth), and for the use of server resources (CPU & RAM) per usage only.

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This current trend which is fast becoming popular throughout the world of doing disaster recovery in the cloud are due to the obvious reasons — flexibility and cost savings!

Now everyone can afford a full DR.

Let us know if you wish us to assist you with your DR strategy. Besides the cloud servers, we do also provide an end-to-end DR software solution as your one-stop solution provider to meet your ever growing needs.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALI Cloud team.

Frost & Sullivan says Malaysian Enterprises Demonstrating Increasing Traction for Cloud Services

Posted by admin in Featured on February 26, 2011 with No Comments

A recent end-user study (Feb 2011) on Cloud Computing conducted by Frost & Sullivan reveals insights on the paradigm shift in the computing industry.

The study was conducted with 330 senior IT decision makers across  the Asia Pacific, 55 of which were from Malaysia. Here are the findings:

  • close to 30% of enterprises use some form of cloud computing
  • more than 64 percent of the survey respondents believe that Cloud Computing technology in any delivery form can help businesses reduce their infrastructure cost and lower capital expenditure investment compared to traditional IT management.
  • in terms of spending, 41 percent of respondents are likely to increase it in 2011 (no prior budget to consider cloud services earlier).
  • key concerns are still around security & privacy standards, quality of SLAs and pricing.

The research analyst indicated that,  “A growing number of enterprises in Malaysia are looking to move their applications and infrastructure into the Cloud. This is primarily being driven by their increasing awareness of the advantages of using ‘IT as a Service’ – the lower total cost of ownership, predictable costs and the ability to scale up or down depending on business needs.”

We at SKALI Cloud have contributed to that study ourselves, we have shared that most of our clients patterns and their business decision-making process, as well as their overall awareness on the benefits of adopting the cloud services. Malaysian enterprises realised that with SKALI Cloud’s offering, they now have another option to consider (instead of the traditional models).  Most understood the benefits, however they are wary of the complication of the move (new tools, new technology, new ways of doing work), and that is the reason why we are here locally in Malaysia to assist you with your cloud computing projects.

Call us, we show you how.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALI Cloud team.

TheEdge Malaysia (Article): SKALI on the Cloud

Posted by admin in Featured on February 20, 2011 with No Comments

We appeared in one of  Malaysia’s leading business weekly publication (The Edge Malaysia) recently (January 31st 2011 edition).

If you have missed it, here is the article again.

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Let us know if you need any clarification.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALI Cloud team.

Role-Play Live Demo (14mins Video)

Posted by admin in Featured on February 17, 2011 with No Comments

Sharing with you the role-play live demo we had during our launch event recently.

Basically we tried to show a real live example of a person trying to setup a real server vs. a cloud server. Requirements of the servers came from clients, and we had to deliver it within a limited timeframe (within hours, not days). Then along the way, the client changes their requirements and we had to response within the same deadline.

Can you do that with a traditional server hardware?

Enjoy the video.

Give us a try to see how easy it is. Free trials available.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALI Cloud team.

jClouds, a multi-cloud library now supports SKALI Cloud

Posted by admin in Featured on February 8, 2011 with No Comments

We are proud to announce that SKALI Cloud platform is now certified to work with jClouds – jClouds is a multi cloud framework which allows connection to multiple clouds such as Amazon, VMWare, Azure, and Rackspace. What is amazing is that jClouds provides portable abstractions for cloud specific features, thus allowing the application to move from one cloud vendor to the other with relative ease.

What does that really means?

This can get slightly technical: As you know, you can use SKALI Cloud API to programmatically instruct your cloud servers to either start, stop, delete, and do bunch of things. Now, if you are a software developer, and using many other cloud service providers, basically you need to learn each provider’s API in order for you to control stuff via your software codes.. right?

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This is where the folks of jClouds (and a few others like libcloud, deltacloud, etc comes in). They have created their own libraries that talks to many other cloud providers out-there (amazon, gogrid, rackspace, etc), and people will just need to learn their libraries and use them to interact with many cloud server providers — without the need to know each individual provider’s APIs!!

Depending on your coding needs, jClouds is java-based (while libcloud is phyton-based). With the libraries, you can now have SKALI Cloud as one of your cloud server deployment option!

Go ahead to the jClouds website for details on how to fully use the libraries.

Let us know if you need further details.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALI Cloud team.

News Clip (The Star): SKALI Launches Its Cloud Services

Posted by admin in Featured on February 1, 2011 with No Comments

Today, our launch event (held last week) appeared in the local daily The Star In-Tech pull-out.

Some of the stories appeared on many other websites. Read more.

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Catch some of our event pictures at our Facebook Album.

Enjoy!

SKALI Cloud team.

SKALI Cloud Video Launch Montage (25th Jan)

Posted by admin in Blog on January 26, 2011 with No Comments

As shown at our recent media launch.

Enjoy.

Official Launch Event of SKALI Cloud Computing Service

Posted by admin in News & Promotion on January 20, 2011 with No Comments

Following our soft launch success back in December 2010, we have had tremendous response from the market, and our initial production capacity has reached close to 50% utilisation, and we are expanding our cloud clusters very soon!

This coming 25th Jan 2011, we are hosting an official launch event with our media friends, partners, and clients — and expecting a greater demand!

Come and join us to experience Malaysia’s First True Public Cloud Infrastructure Service.

All are invited (registration is required, please send email to sales@skalicloud.com). You will be hearing messages from our co-founders and CEO on the service and what’s coming next.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware

SKALI Cloud team.

www.skalicloud.com

Survey: On-premise vs. Cloud

Posted by admin in Featured on January 15, 2011 with No Comments

There was an interesting survey done by itracks (a leading online market research company), that was sponsored by Appirio (a cloud management company).

The survey mainly wanted to understand the early cloud adopter, the first mover to the cloud, to understand their experiences. The survey was carried out with IT decision makers at 150+ mid-to-large sized North American companies (all with >500 employees, 65% with over 1000 employees) as respondents who had already adopted at least one leading SaaS or cloud application.

The result is very interesting.

  • It’s no doubt, moving to cloud with a higher TCO — 65% says it’s somewhat/significantly better.
  • Security? very hot topic on public cloud. The survey shows  53% respondents says it’s somewhat/significantly better. Many cited that it is the most common misperception.
  • Other significant points are on vendor lock-in, easy of deployment, and availability. Which really favours cloud services.

Overall, the survey revealed, moving to the cloud, benefits these adopters. You can download the full survey here.

Have you considered?

SKALI Cloud provides cloud servers for you to quickly deploy your systems and application. Sign up for a free Test Drive on our platform to see how easy and flexible it is.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALICloud Team.

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