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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Updated product brochure

Posted by admin in FAQ on September 6, 2010 with No Comments

Our updated product brochure is out now.

Some details of the upcoming services are revealed !

Download the PDF now.

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