Azure for Data
Data recovery is a major consideration for IT professionals in any organization. Azure SQL Database provides full-scale, high-availability disaster recovery options that can support a variety of business needs. These options are built into the product from the ground up, and they require no administrative overhead or complexity.
Azure is based on Windows, so you can write applications in the same programming languages you’ve used for Windows apps: Visual Basic, C++, C#, etc. Applications running on Azure run in virtual machines, with each instance of the app running in its own VM on the 64-bit Windows Server 2008 operating system. The cost of creating, testing, debugging, and distributing Web-based applications goes down because you only have to pay for the computer processing time and storage space you need at a given time.
You also get high availability and reliability with redundant copies of your data and automatic failover. No more worries about backing up data yourself. You can take advantage of the well-established support structure within Microsoft and company-provided resources, such as TechNet and MSDN, along with the huge ecosystem of Windows developers outside the company.
With Azure, you can develop hybrid applications that allow your on-premises applications to use cloud services, such as the cloud database and storage services. Communication services work between on-premises applications and the cloud, as well as mobile devices. Custom software developers can create software solutions for customers who can’t afford the costs of in-house development – including hardware costs – and they can deliver their applications to customers as services without building and maintaining an expensive data center.
BizTalk is an industry initiative headed by Microsoft to promote Extensible Markup Language (XML) as the common data exchange language for e-commerce and application integration on the Internet. While not a Standards body per se, the group is fostering a common XML message-passing architecture to tie systems together.
BizTalk says that the growth of e-commerce requires businesses using different computer technologies to have a means to share data. BizTalk Server 2013 provides capabilities to transfer messages using different relay endpoints hosted on Azure, consume and expose restful services, and send and receive messages from an SFTP server. It removed the need for dependency on SharePoint farms, while still providing backward compatibility.
Since ESB Toolkit is now fully integrated with BizTalk Server, dependencies between artifacts can now be viewed and navigated in the Admin console and provides the ability to set host handler per adapter, instead of always using the default.
BizTalk is currently moving in the direction of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The current version will let you run your production BizTalk environment completely in Azure without relying on a third party hosting service. This provides a great opportunity to setup your development and QA environments without the pain of a long procurement process within your organization to provision such environments.
SharePoint infrastructure incorporated into the Cloud makes the most of Office 365 products and has become a popular and successful computing model. Organizations use it to reduce their capital and operational expenditures and to gain the advantage of rapid software delivery to meet their business needs.
SharePoint can be used for many things: storing documents, collaborating with colleagues on projects, publishing departmental information, and even managing common processes like time off requests and expense reports. The comprehensive solution is hard to define since it offers many capabilities, but generally speaking SharePoint provides a flexible platform to enable you and your colleagues to get work done.
The best part is that all you need is a web browser and you can begin!
There are two types of SharePoint: one that is run on your company’s servers and one that is hosted by Microsoft through Office 365. From the user’s perspective, there is little difference between SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online in Office 365 – both offer great ways to collaborate and are accessed through a web browser.
Features within Delve and Yammer give more flexibility for dashboard, management, and statistics. Users can make use of collaboration features within Skype for Business, and explore federation with external users through integration with Outlook, OWA, web access, client options and mobile access.
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