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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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.

Our API Design Guidelines

Posted by admin in FAQ on November 11, 2010 with No Comments

We’re working hard to stabilize our API for the production soon. In the course of system integration for our products, evaluating our competitors’ APIs and designing our own, we came to a clear view on what makes a great HTTP or web services API. Like many things in computing, it comes down to KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid — simple for the users, that is!

Simple syntax
Simple syntax means making it easy for any user with a standard tool to call the API. If you can’t call the API with curl from a single line of shell then your API is not good enough. This rules out many of today’s cumbersome XML-RPC and SOAP APIs, although you will want XML as an option for users who are using XML-friendly languages.

We believe in:

  • Choice of syntax: Different users will find different syntax most natural. At the unix shell, space-deliminated text rules. From Javascript, you’ll want JSON. From Java, you may want XML. Some tools parse x-www-form-encoded data nicely. A great HTTP API makes every command available with data in all of these formats for all of these users, specified with either different URLs or MIME content types. (OK, we admit that we’ve only released text/plain ourselves so far, but the rest are coming very soon!).
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel: Smart people designed the internet. There are good existing mechanisms for security (e.g. SSL/TLS), authentication (e.g. HTTP auth), error codes (e.g. HTTP status codes), etc. Use them, and don’t invent your own, unlike one provider of payment gateway who invented a simple XOR encryption which is vulnerable to a known plaintext attack and didn’t fix it when we pointed this out!

Simple semantics

Simple semantics means having a small number of powerful, orthogonal commands. If your API needs a 300 page document to explain it then something is wrong. Equally, your users shouldn’t even be aware of the artificial abstractions and data structures which you invented inside your software.

We believe in:

  • Few powerful orthogonal commands: For your API users, each call adds overhead, both in code and response times. Produce a few powerful calls which do the work of many smaller ones. In our case, our API has a single call for “server create”, where this would take many calls with some of our competitors’ APIs: starting the server, associating a static IP, associating persistent storage, etc.
  • No artificial abstractions: API users don’t care how you wrote your software, and shouldn’t have to know or change their calls when you change your design. Try as hard as you can to hide your internal structures from the user unless it’s absolutely necessary to expose them. In our case, a cloud infrastructure platform provides virtual server hardware, and we let users configure this as they would real hardware, choosing an amount of RAM, specifying which hard disk is on which IDE bus, etc. We don’t invent “instance types” and we deal with mapping the well-known hardware descriptions to how the virtualization platform sees them.

Immediate response where possible: All of our API commands are synchronous, and they usually complete within seconds of all input data arriving. If we can do this for a cloud infrastructure platform, then surely you can for your application?

Looking forward for you to try our Beta system and try these yourselves! contact us for details.

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 Demystified (well, in plain simple English)

Posted by admin in FAQ on November 1, 2010 with No Comments

Well, many people would have their own definition and perspective of what Cloud Computing is. It’s all the rage now. “It’s become the phrase du jour”, says Gartner. We seems to like the following:

“Cloud Computing is a style of delivering IT services to users without the need for the user to buy, install, manage or own any infrastructure.

Everything will be delivered to the user as a service — from computing power to business processes to personal interactions — wherever, however, and whenever the user needs it.”

A mouthful huh. Getting more cloudy?

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite youtube videos for your better understanding.

Still cloudy??

Let’s take a look at another cool one from the folks of gogrid.com

Don’t believe all the claims and marketing gimmick from your provider, check out the Characteristics of the Cloud Services, to ensure you’re evaluating the true cloud service provider out there.

Hope that clears the sky.. err.. cloud ;)

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.

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