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.
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.
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.
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:
In my own understanding to explain the above points:
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
Cloud Computing comes in various definition to many people. We have been asked many times as well, and we think one of the best way to understand “what is cloud computing” is to look at the Cloud Pyramid*. It illustrate how the cloud computing services are being stack up. This would also gives you the perspective of where SKALI plays.
In the recent years, we have seen the new advances in processors, virtualisation technology, distributed storage, broadband Internet access, automated management and fast, inexpensive servers have all combined to make cloud computing a compelling paradigm. Cloud computing has change IT to be delivered as a Service (instead of the traditional owning an infra /server /software /development platform)… either on public or private clouds.
It has practically divided IT into 3 areas of service deliveries.
To understand the cloud-model better, let’s see it by stacking it up as a building block of a pyramid — because you can’t build the layer(s) above before having the layer(s) below. For example, you can’t build a cloud-platform ontop of cloud-application. You have to build from the bottom up, and not the other way around. The higher you are on the stack, you tend to forget the importance of what’s underneath (when you use Gmail, do you really care what platform does it built upon and how complex is the server architecture?). The layers are pretty much dependent to each other, but they can somehow exist on its own (pure play PaaS or SaaS provider).
The higher you are on the stack, the more niche it gets (think crm on salesforce, and email on gmail). It requires lesser technical skills and much easier to use. It provide almost immediate benefits to the organisation/individual to use the application to increase the automation or streamline workflows to become more efficient.
On the other hand, the lower you are on the stack, the more control you have (you can control how your servers are being configured to the exact specifications and fault-tolerance you need). You have more freedom and the breadth to do whatever you need to develop your application in whichever way you can (think Windows/SQL Azure or Google AppEngine) or how the servers are load-balanced, with your chosen operating system, interacted over a specific VLAN within the cloud (think GoGrid or AWS). The lower you are, the higher degree of technical skills required. It offers the flexibility as if you run your own physical data center (this IS your virtual data center).
There are myriad of cloud service providers out there. Choose the one suitable to your needs.
We at SKALI, focusing on providing the public cloud-based infrastructure services located in Malaysia (able to serve you closer). Instead of you stuck with the traditional rigid hosting packages for a determined contract period, our cloud-infra able to provide you with the full root control and the elasticity needed to grow or shrink as you required, pay as you grow.
Do you agree with our thoughts here? comments below.
SKALI Cloud team.
Limited trials available – email us at support(at)skalicloud.com
*the Cloud Pyramid was originally coined by the innovative folks from GoGrid.com