SKALI Cloud December Launch is Imminent

Posted by admin in Featured on November 24, 2010 with No Comments

As some of you may already know, our Beta servers has been running for a while now (more than 4 months), and we have gotten tremendous response from our Beta testers (huge thank you!). The feedback received allow us to fine-tune the system further and we are able to build some interesting business models to cater to some specific market segments.

Our team is now in final preparation on the brand-new production servers (just arrived 2 weeks ago), and according to our timeline, the December launch is on-track!

The initial production setup shall be able to provide a total computing resources of;

CPU: 256,000 core-Mhz

RAM:  98,304 Gigabytes

Storage: 14,896 Gigabytes (useable on RAID)

We are starting from quite a small capacity (for a cloud infra, that is) and our underlying cloud architecture allow us to add more computing resources as needed, on-the-fly. It enable us to provide the elasticity demanded by our clients. Once we have launch the service, allow us to take care of your server hardware needs. You no longer need to buy and own any server hardware.

The fact is, the current generation of server hardware is no longer necessary. Cloud computing is fast becoming the standard for fast, reliable servers, running on proven virtualization technology. Hardware costs are now a thing of the past. Focus on developing or maintaining your applications, not infrastructure.

With our upcoming service, servers can be created in seconds, and once you don’t need to use it, just switch it off! (and don’t pay for it). No commitment required.

Don’t believe what we say, try it for yourself by signing up on for our limited free trial account now.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALI Cloud team.
www.skalicloud.com

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

Posted by admin in Featured on November 15, 2010 with No Comments

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Recently Gartner research issued a press release indentifiying what it belives will be the top 10 strategic technologies for 2011.

No big surprises here, other than the inclusion of things (at least at the headline level) that we already take for granted.

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years.   As such, these technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs and initiatives.

The 10 Strategic Technologies identified are:

  1. Cloud computing
  2. Mobile Applications and media tablets
  3. Social communications and collaboration
  4. Video
  5. Next generation analytics
  6. Social Analytics
  7. Context aware computing
  8. Storage class memory
  9. Ubiqitous computing
  10. Fabric based infrastructure and computers

Go ahead to the Gartner site to read the details.

At SKALI, allow us to assist you with your plan in moving to the cloud easier. As you may have heard, embracing cloud computing technologies is more of a sourcing option rather than a technology one. Though reducing cost remains  the primary expected benefit of Cloud, research has showed that companies moving to the cloud mainly due to it’s flexibility & speed of deployment, rather than cost.

See how flexible is it now to create servers, and not to deal with hardware on our cloud services. Don’t believe what we say, try yourselves bysigning up on our Beta trial, and tell us what you think.

SKALI Cloud team.

Create Servers, minus the Hardware

Posted by admin in Featured on November 6, 2010 with No Comments

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The fact is, the current generation of server hardware is no longer necessary. Cloud computing is fast becoming the standard for fast, reliable servers, running on proven virtualization technology. Hardware costs are now a thing of the past. Focus on developing or maintaining your applications, not infrastructure.

Servers can be created in seconds, and once you don’t need to use it, just switch it off! (and don’t pay for it). No commitment required.

Pay as low as MYR 0.13 per hour, or MYR94 per month for a decent- size server!

Go to our pricing page to simulate your preferred server.

That’s what SKALI Cloud offers. Coming soon this December!

SKALI Cloud team.

Cloud Computing at the Peak of the Hype Cycle

Posted by admin in Featured on October 25, 2010 with No Comments

Gartner (the analyst firm), has released it’s 2010 Hype Cycle Report recently, that identifying those technologies that they think have reached the “Peak of Inflated Expectation”. See below the chart from Gartner (Aug 2010).

Cloud Computing is among those at the peak. It means these technologies may be on their way to mainstream, or one of disillusionment (maybe those technologies failed to live up to expectations).

Gartner’s report examines 1800 technologies as well as trends in 75 industry and topic areas. These reports are meant to provide a snapshot into emerging technologies, as well as estimates in the time until these technologies become mainstream. Cloud computing and e-readers, according to the report will be mainstream in less than 5 years.

Check out the full report.

SKALI Cloud team.

Characteristics of a Cloud services

Posted by admin in FAQ on August 28, 2010 with No Comments

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.

IDC says;

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:

  • Shared
  • Self-service
  • Elastic
  • Usage-based pricing

In my own understanding to explain the above points:

  • Cloud services typically runs on shared infrastructure (and often virtualised) in order to leverage the economies of scale that ultimately benefits the consumer of the lower price point (as opposed to dedicated environments). The advancement of virtualisation technology has created this possibility and security concerns in multi-tenanted environment are beginning to be accepted.
  • User able to have their own ‘admin control’ or  ‘control panel’ for a complete self-service to create/modify/delete the services they’ve subscribed. Be it a SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS based. The user has complete control within their account without the need to interact with the service provider (even to grow or shrink their services – just ‘swipe’ it to their credit card). IBM called this zero-touch provisioning.
  • Elastic – terms commonly used these days for cloud services, because it’s like the rubber-band! You can really shrink or stretch the rubber-band far as you can… but even a rubber-band has it’s stretch limit (the breaking point), however a typical cloud services capacity is only limited by the back-end infra that the provider has — that normally able to scale on-the-fly easily. As the demand grows, the building block that build the pyramid expanded — literally at unlimited elasticity.
  • As you grow or shrink of the consumed services, same goes to the amount that you need to pay. Usage-based pricing is what makes the public cloud services extremely attractive to businesses. You can start small (pay a small fee), and when your business expand, grow the services. Then if it doesn’t, shrink it back — you can do it at anytime, and just pay for what you’re using, period. Extremely popular for those seasonal businesses like e-commerce sites (during promotion), news portal sites (occasional mega stories), online tax services (that time of the year that you just hate to do :), etc

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

To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

Posted by admin in Featured on August 23, 2010 with No Comments

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.

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