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.

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.

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.

Cloud Computing opportunity by the numbers

Posted by admin in Market Update on October 17, 2010 with No Comments

Interesting article posted by Reuben Cohen on his popular cloud computing blog. He shared some of the industry numbers surrounding the opportunities that cloud computing has right now (not sure what’s his source)..

Some excerpt of what he says…
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Google currently controls 2% of all servers or about 1 million servers with it saying it plans to have upwards of 10 million servers ( 107 machines) in the next 10 years.

98% of the market is controlled by everyone else.

Hosting / Data center providers by top 5 regions around the world: 33,157

Top 5 break down
USA:
23,656
Canada:
2,740
United Kingdom:
2,660
Germany:
2,371
Netherlands:
1,730.

According to IDC, the market for private enterprise “Cloud servers will grow from an $8.4 billion opportunity in 2010, representing over 600,000 units, to a $12.6 billion market in 2014, with over 1.3 million units.

Market opporunity based purly on server count. $160 billion dollars divided by 50 million servers = $3,200 per server.

The amount of digital information increased by 73 percent in 2008 to an estimated487 billion gigabytes, according to IDC.

World Population 2009: 6,767,805,208
Internet Users 2000: 360,985,492
Internet Users 2009:
1,802,330,457
Overall Internet User Growth:
399.3%
Fastest Growth Markets (Last 10 years) – Africa
+1,809.8%, Middle East, +1,675%, Latin America +934.5%, Asia +568.8%

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Go ahead to his blog, that he has recently updated it further… enjoy.

SKALI Cloud team.

Clouds cut government ICT spend, says Microsoft CEO

Posted by admin in Market Update on October 9, 2010 with No Comments

Whatever the big brother M says, people tend to listen (either agree or disagree), and they have the power to influence the industry, open-up a lot of eyes. Indirectly, they assisted the smaller players..

Brief excerpt:

Cloud Computing is the way ahead for governments who want to save money on ICT spend, according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
“In terms of egovernment and Cloud and spend and the like, if you take a look at most IT budgets, probably 70%, close to it anyway, gets spent on labour,” said Ballmer during a visit to the London School of Economics. “So if you really want to help anybody save money on IT, you have to say ‘how do I help people save money on labour?’
“If you take a look at modern data centres, they have a lot fewer people in them than today’s data centres do. So I think the fundamental advance that will help – whether it’s the UK government or other institutions – save money is the automation of tasks today that require a lot of labour.”

source: http://www.publictechnology.net/sector/central-gov/clouds-cut-government-ict-spend-says-microsoft-ceo-0

So what does our government are up to?

In Malaysia, the recently launched Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) reveals that our government is serious in propelling our country towards becoming a more developed nation. There’s a specific programme with regards to ICT infrastructure, and we’ve seen plans that the government is embracing the latest technology (cloud included) to ensure more cost effective public service deliveries.

Let’s work out the plan together to make this a reality…

SKALI Cloud team.

Gartner says 80% of enterprises have a virtualization project

Posted by admin in Market Update on October 6, 2010 with No Comments

Gartner Press Release, 27-Sept-2010

Gartner says one out of every four server workloads will be in a virtual machine by the end of 2010, and that enterprises should attempt to double or triple the size of their virtualization deployments.

“More than 80 percent of enterprises now have a virtualization program or project, but only 25 percent of all server workloads will be in a virtual machine (VM) by year-end 2010,” Gartner reports, suggesting that the analyst firm believes enterprises haven’t gone far enough. Virtualization is “the highest-impact issue challenging infrastructure and operations,” the analyst firm says.

Virtualization has been around for decades on the mainframe, but the adoption of virtualization on x86 servers, which make up 90% of the server market, is where the technology has seen its greatest growth.

The next question that enterprises should consider — should you invest in your own hardware infrastructure? and still bogged down with the troubles of managing the hardware 3 to 5 years down the road? another tech refresh? hardware component failures along the way?

We think, you should focus on developing your applications and run it well to support your business. Grow as you need it, and shrink it if you don’t. Let us worry about the infrastructure.

Sign-up for a trial account now. Give us a shot.

SKALI Cloud team.

Popular Workload on Public Cloud

Posted by admin in Market Update on September 24, 2010 with No Comments

IDC (the research firm) has conducted a survey early this year on what would be the most popular workload that people going to use the cloud for.

The bottom 3 are the Agnostic ones, where people don’t really worried (or don’t care) if it’s not within their premise/control, hence the most suitable to be in the ‘public cloud’.

Workload remain the critical point when deciding on public vs private cloud deployment. Choice of deployment model is a business alignment issue.

SKALI Cloud team.

Web Security in the Cloud: More Secure! Compliant! Afforable!

Posted by admin in Market Update on September 11, 2010 with No Comments

Interesting report published by the Aberdeen Group. Basically it compares the web security infra between the on-premise in typical enterprises vs. the infra on the cloud — the cloud infra seems to have a more complete and updated security infra.

Check out the report yourself per below

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This Aberdeen Group report addresses how the cloud can render web applications more secure, more compliant and less expensive. It reveals how users of cloud-based web security have achieved substantially better results than users of on-premise web security. In short it shows the numerous benefits of security in the cloud for your organisation! Read the full report to find out more.

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SKALI Cloud team.

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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