Characteristics of a Cloud services

Characteristics of a Cloud services

Posted by admin in FAQ on August 28, 2010 with No Comments

I had an interesting discussion with a partner recently, and we’re debating on the misconception (or lack of understanding hereof)  in the local market (Malaysia) with regards to the public cloud services. A lot of local people claimed that they’re currently providing public cloud services, however when we look at the details of their offering, it’s not!

He goes by saying that even the upcoming SKALI’s own Cloud services falls under that category.

Is it ?!

Let’s review and look at the definition and common characteristics of a Cloud services.

IDC says;

Cloud Services are consumer and business products — services or solutions delivered and consumed in real-time  over the Internet. They have the following key attributes:

  • Shared
  • Self-service
  • Elastic
  • Usage-based pricing

In my own understanding to explain the above points:

  • Cloud services typically runs on shared infrastructure (and often virtualised) in order to leverage the economies of scale that ultimately benefits the consumer of the lower price point (as opposed to dedicated environments). The advancement of virtualisation technology has created this possibility and security concerns in multi-tenanted environment are beginning to be accepted.
  • User able to have their own ‘admin control’ or  ‘control panel’ for a complete self-service to create/modify/delete the services they’ve subscribed. Be it a SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS based. The user has complete control within their account without the need to interact with the service provider (even to grow or shrink their services – just ‘swipe’ it to their credit card). IBM called this zero-touch provisioning.
  • Elastic – terms commonly used these days for cloud services, because it’s like the rubber-band! You can really shrink or stretch the rubber-band far as you can… but even a rubber-band has it’s stretch limit (the breaking point), however a typical cloud services capacity is only limited by the back-end infra that the provider has — that normally able to scale on-the-fly easily. As the demand grows, the building block that build the pyramid expanded — literally at unlimited elasticity.
  • As you grow or shrink of the consumed services, same goes to the amount that you need to pay. Usage-based pricing is what makes the public cloud services extremely attractive to businesses. You can start small (pay a small fee), and when your business expand, grow the services. Then if it doesn’t, shrink it back — you can do it at anytime, and just pay for what you’re using, period. Extremely popular for those seasonal businesses like e-commerce sites (during promotion), news portal sites (occasional mega stories), online tax services (that time of the year that you just hate to do :), etc

So, does the upcoming SKALI Cloud services meet all those characteristics? I proudly say, YES we do!

But don’t believe all I’ve to say, sign-up for our trial account, and judge it by yourselves!

I’ve told the partner the same….

Comments? post below.

SKALI Cloud team.

trial account request to support(at)skalicloud.com

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