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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

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.

Press Release: Malaysia's First True Public Cloud Infrastructure Service Launched by SKALI

Posted by admin in News & Promotion on November 30, 2010 with No Comments

PRESS RELEASE

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Nov 29, 2010 — SKALI (www.skali.net), a local e-Business solution specialist company, today announced the launch of its cloud computing services in Malaysia. The offering, which will be available during December, provides ultra-flexible and easy-to-use server capacity for scalable web hosting and on-demand burst computing. Customers will benefit from a user-friendly interface that can be managed from any desktop and allows them to create cloud servers instantly and resize their capacity immediately.

With the launch, SKALI becomes the first commercial cloud hosting provider in Malaysia to offer a true public cloud-based infrastructure service, primarily targeting the SME market. SKALI’s Group Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Tengku Farith Rithauddeen said: ‘Although it is designed for SMEs, it is robust and powerful enough to handle many large enterprise web infrastructure projects’.

SKALI Cloud services allow customers the cost-efficiency of buying servers of exactly the capacity that they need today, with the peace of mind that they can immediately scale up or down as required. Capacity is billed on-demand by the hour, unlike traditional hosting contracts which tie customers to fixed capacity for up to a couple of years. The servers run any PC operating system, are fully configurable and designed to accommodate all forms of web hosting. SKALI Cloud offers a 100 percent SLA with 50x credits for downtime, supporting mission critical hosting needs where business continuity is vital.

Tengku Farith continues, “To date, businesses looking for the cost savings and elasticity of cloud hosting have had to subscribe to international players outside of Malaysia, with network latency and data sovereignty poised as major obstacles. We have designed SKALI Cloud so that it can be used by almost anyone — it allows users to configure their servers specifically to suit their requirements within minutes, not days. This reduces the typical long procurement cycle and dramatically speeds up deployment, leaving our customers free to focus on what they do best and drive their revenues.”

To mark its launch, SKALI Cloud is offering a 14 days free trial to allow businesses to experience the power and simplicity of cloud hosting for themselves. Full details are available at www.skalicloud.com.

About SKALI

As an e-Business specialist, SKALI embraces various business challenges and converts them into viable e-business ideas and projects. SKALI develops and designs e-business infrastructure, solutions and services that are relevant to every business field. SKALI administers key business projects with a keen eye in keeping overheads low, increases clients’ competitiveness besides maximizing clients’ business potential worth. Today, SKALI is acknowledged as one of the most trusted brands in the country. It has a growing footprint in ASEAN and the Middle East countries. SKALI has over 400 working professionals and is represented and operates in six countries.

Media Contact: A.Hakim, azwinhakim@skali.net, +603-27129588

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