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.

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.

Full Production Release, with Online Payment Ready

Posted by admin in Featured on December 23, 2010 with 1 Comment

Following our recent soft launch of the service in late last month, we are proud to announce that the cloud service is in FULL PRODUCTION now, and able to accept online orders since 20th December 2010. With this release, you can create cloud servers within minutes by yourselves, not days with a typical hosting provider.

The production release is a major milestone for us. Since we have opened our public beta back in August, the team has worked tirelessly to fine-tune the system. Kudos also to our beta community and partners, their feedback has been invaluable for us to ensure we provide the cloud service of choice!

In the production release, besides running on a bigger and better cloud infrastructure clusters, we have also revised the overall user interface with a more streamlined design which allowed more working spaces and easy to understand navigation. Furthermore, based on the user feedback, we have decided to restrict the shrinking of hard disk space only to our administrator via request. The feature was made available to our users earlier, however it is found dangerous for newbies, where they would just shrink the hard disk, chopping off the data on it! Another enhancement includes the AES 256 encryption to your data on our cloud clusters – which means that your data is safely yours, away from prying eyes.

In conjunction with the production release, we have extended the typical 5 – day free trials on our website to 7 days!

Sign-up now, gives us a test, and sees how easy it is to deploy your servers within minutes with full root access!

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALI Cloud team.

10 Cloud Predictions for 2011 — by Forrester Research

Posted by admin in Featured on December 18, 2010 with No Comments

Famous Forrester’s Principal Analyst James Staten has posted his 10 Cloud Computing Prediction for 2011. Specifically in the area of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) — where SKALI Cloud’s niche market is. He sees the increasing  importance of cloud computing to organisation worldwide, it drives the costs down, provides flexibility, however it creates a widening gap between those that take advantage of cloud computing and those that don’t.

IaaS is one of the 15 technologies listed in the Top 15 Technology Trends EA Should Watch_2011 To 2013 report released last month, and in his blog, James elaborates this in greater detail.

  1. And The Empowered Shall Lead Us
  2. You will build a private cloud, and it will fail. And this is a good thing.
  3. Hosted private clouds will outnumber internal clouds 3:1
  4. Community clouds will arrive, thank to compliance
  5. Workstation applications will bring HPC to the masses
  6. Cloud economics gets switched on. Being cheap is good
  7. The BI gap will widen
  8. Information is power and a new profit center
  9. Cloud standards still won’t be here — get over it
  10. Cloud security will be proven but not by the providers alone

Go ahead for the details on his blog – he drills deeper on each of the above points.

At SKALI, we are putting our bets on providing the most reliable & flexible cloud-based infrastructure services suitable for the SME market and many large enterprises web projects. Our platform runs on any OS including Windows and all Linux variants. We have Persistent storage and servers. Resources are bought individually with no bundling in a flexible pay-as-you-go model. It means you can instantly create, start, stop and delete servers as and when you need them. We turn CPU, RAM, data storage and data transfer into utilities similar to your electricity and water usage. We give you exactly how much of each as you need them over time.

What would be your next year cloud prediction?

SKALI Cloud team.

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