Survey: On-premise vs. Cloud

Posted by admin in Featured on January 15, 2011 with No Comments

There was an interesting survey done by itracks (a leading online market research company), that was sponsored by Appirio (a cloud management company).

The survey mainly wanted to understand the early cloud adopter, the first mover to the cloud, to understand their experiences. The survey was carried out with IT decision makers at 150+ mid-to-large sized North American companies (all with >500 employees, 65% with over 1000 employees) as respondents who had already adopted at least one leading SaaS or cloud application.

The result is very interesting.

  • It’s no doubt, moving to cloud with a higher TCO — 65% says it’s somewhat/significantly better.
  • Security? very hot topic on public cloud. The survey shows  53% respondents says it’s somewhat/significantly better. Many cited that it is the most common misperception.
  • Other significant points are on vendor lock-in, easy of deployment, and availability. Which really favours cloud services.

Overall, the survey revealed, moving to the cloud, benefits these adopters. You can download the full survey here.

Have you considered?

SKALI Cloud provides cloud servers for you to quickly deploy your systems and application. Sign up for a free Test Drive on our platform to see how easy and flexible it is.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALICloud Team.

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.

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.
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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 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.

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