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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.

World’s Coolest Data Center

Posted by admin in News & Promotion on October 20, 2010 with No Comments

Would like to share some nice slideshows showing picture of the coolest data center in the world originally shared by the good folks at Network  World.

Well, should you go all the way building the coolest data center, or leave the hassle to service providers like us to manage the headache for you?…while you focuses all of your resources on the core of your business.

Try our Cloud Services, see how simple to get your data center running (virtually, that is). Grow or shrink your cloud servers as you like. Pay when you need to use it only, no contract required.

See our earlier blog post to understand why;

Sign up for free trials now.

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.

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