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Azure Site Recovery Services From Bitscape

Since the inception of Cloud computing into the world of technology, recovery of data has become snappier than ever before. Recovery of data has gone one step ahead in the name of ‘Azure’.

Azure Site Recovery Service

Azure provides services that allow the users to create, organize and deploy the application on a huge network using the tools and techniques. It also renders a range of solutions like,

  • Increased Productivity by featuring faster networking with loads of end-to-end services.
  • Build and implement apps in a Hybrid

One of the most important services that Microsoft Azure provides is the Azure Site Consulting services. It lets the users enable failover for on-premises Hyper-Virtual machines. This Hyper-Virtual Machine manager allows the users to reproduce the content of the VMs from the data centers to Azure and thus coordinate and take control over the workload over a Cloud computing environment.

The Azure Recovery Services helps in recovering in two ways :

  1. Site Recovery services : It contributes to the business’ BCDR strategy (Business continuity and disaster recovery) by ensuring business continuity as a part of disaster management. As mentioned earlier, when there is a disruption in the primary site, the data gets ‘failed over’ to a secondary location and access the data, apps from the secondary location. After the primary location is set back, it could fail back again.
  2. Backup Service : In order to recover the data, a backup service is obviously essential. So here the Azure Backup service hands out a secondary storage to maintain the data secured and recoverable anytime.

The Recovery service can maintain the backed up data safe for,

  • Azure Virtual Machine between Azure regions.
  • On-premises Virtual Machines, Azure Stack VMs, and physical servers.
  • In all the supported regions for site recovery.
  • In all the systems that support Azure.

Features of Azure Site Recovery services :

The Azure Recovery Services carries a number of recovery – specific features that aids business running all the time.

  1. An intelligible solution :

The site recovery allows the business to build up, manage replication, failover, failback from the single Azure region in the portal.

  1. A replica of the Virtual Machine

The secured recovery services let a business transfer data from primary to secondary machines.

  1. On-premises Virtual Machines

These machines ensure less complex maintenance of secondary data centers thus paving the way towards low-cost recovery solution.

  1. Reproduction of Workload

The workload can be reproduced to any of the supported Azure VMs, on-premises Hyper-V and VMware VMs, and Windows/Linux physical servers.

  1. Flexibility

When a failover occurs, Azure machines are established based on the replicated site data. Thus the resilience that they share allows the users to replicate without affecting application data. And the stored data is also highly resilient.

  1. RTO and RPO

The Recovery Time Objectives and the Recovery Point Objectives are limited to organizational objectives. It takes just 30-second frequency to replicate the data

  1. Consistency over failover

There are zero chances of failovers and the consistency of the data would be great throughout.

  1. Disruption-free testing

Disaster recovery drills can be conducted irrespective of the ongoing replication.

  1. Business customization of Recovery plans

The plans can be customized according to the needs of the business. The group machines together in a recovery plan, and optionally add scripts and manual actions.

  1. Integration

The Azure services provide the following integration with that of site recovery,

  • BCDR Integration
  • Azure Automation
  • Network Integration

Thus, if a business has a recovery system like the Azure, there wouldn’t be any challenges during disaster time. And if at all a challenge occurs, Azure would be of great help while facing the challenges.

Happy ‘Azuring’!

Digital Cloud at its Best – Microsoft Azure Consulting

Cloud computing is a big move from the old-fashioned way big business think about IT assets. Simply lay, cloud computing in the delivery of computing services— software’s, storage databases, networking, analytics, servers, intelligence and more—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster revolution, flexible resources and economies of scale.

azure consulting service

You normally pay only for the services you use, assisting you to lower operating costs, run your framework more competently and scale as your business needs modification. Azure is a flexible open source cloud platform from Microsoft’s stable that empowers businesses to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

Microsoft Azure consulting services from partners help you size it, but augment it, position and support as when required. Businesses can develop, build and maintain application through Azure without any hurdle of programming languages and framework. It is too flexible to integrate with your existing IT environment. It’s pretty convenient, isn’t it?

Features of Azure

You can deploy Azure services to a wide area of applications:

  • Websites:

It is one of the finest solutions for having a presence on the World Wide Web, and then scaling as the requirements increase from time to time. They can be quickly deployable and are highly scalable Windows Azure. It allows use of different programming languages and open source applications of a site administrator’s choice and positioning content with FTP, Git, and TFS.SQL Database, Caching, Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Storage can be easily integrated with Azure.

  • Virtual Machines:

Virtual Machines is Azure’s Infrastructure as a solution. This was a long-awaited capability that can enable IT to set up infrastructure and deploy Virtual Machines. Administrators can now easily configure windows server and Linux VMs on demand.

  • Mobile Services:

Azure proposes a protected turnkey backend-as-a-service solution for mobile applications. This quickens mobile application development by integrating user authentication, structured storage, and push notifications and in the long run shortens the process dramatically.

  • Media Services:

Azure has a whole list of features for delivering content to a wide range of devices running on different frameworks. It also helps to ingest, encode, convert and protect content with both on-demand and live stream capabilities.

  • Cloud Services:

Azure can be used as a platform as a service. It provides an environment for on-demand runtime. With this environment, the application can be delivered as SaaS solutions to customers anywhere around the world.

  • Big Data:

This is one of the hot topics for enterprise IT businesses. We are now provoked with ever-increasing and unintended overflowing of data in the order of scale on a daily basis. IT needs to process more data than those of previous periods. Rising mobile devices introduce the source of this mammoth pile of data and snowballing dynamic traffic triggered by social networks. Azure is 100% Apache Hadoop compatible. It has a strategic platform to take this problem with a convergent solution.

You can find growing Microsoft Azure consulting services providers across the globe to meet the IT requirements.

Your Next Cloud Partner – Azure Site Recovery Services

Cloud technology is sprouting at fast-moving speed, as evidenced by the funds behind the industry. The worldwide spending on cloud services is expected to grow and reach $141 Billion in 2019. Microsoft Azure is yet another big player in the cloud market. It has a greater market share for its stronger offerings as compared to its competitors. Even many Microsoft Azure consulting services vendors have made their footfall in the industry noticing the ever-growing cloud industry. Many Azure site recovery services have started to emerge to help you when things go wrong. Cloud computing has many advantages, like:

1) Reduced Cost.
2) Enhanced Speed.
3) Global Scalability.
4) ProgressiveProductivity.
5) BoostedPerformance.
6) Strengthened Security.

Pic Courtesy : azure.microsoft.com

With the help of Azure, one can develop new, test and build new applications and services. Data storage, backup and recovery, is efficient. Embedding intelligence is easier. Software, audio and video can be delivered on demand.

As an organization needs to embrace a business continuity and disaster recovery strategy to keep its data safe, and its apps and workloads always up and in running state. Azure Recovery Services can subsidize your disaster recovery strategy.

  • Site Recovery Services

This ensures companies to keep their applications running during outages. Site Recovery redoes workloads running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) from a primary site to a secondary location. When an outage befalls at your main site, you fail over to subordinate location, and access applications from there. After the main location is up again, you can fail back to it.

  • Backup services

The backup service from Windows Azure keeps your data protected and recoverable by backing it up to Azure.

Azure site recovery is the present day approach to move ahead from the age-old approach of leveraging its market supremacy to bound everyone to use other outdated tools. Microsoft has made its large thrust into the cloud market. Earlier Azure site recovery was termed as Hyper-V Recovery Manager. These new capabilities will enable customers to replicate Virtual Machines from their data hubs directly to Azure and recover workloads in a cloud computing environment.

Site Recovery provides a wide range of features:

  • The simplified solution for BCDR.
  • Effective VM replication.
  • OrchestrateData Resilience.
  • Testing without any disruption.
  • Network Integration services for efficient network switchovers.
  • Production ready Azure Automation services.

Azure site recovery services can assist you in the wide category of services starting from infrastructure and cloud migration. Their dedicated experts can help you to formulate the perfect strategy for your next cloud venture targeting to provide audio, video and software services on-demand. They primarily provide the following services:

  • Cloud load Assessment.
  • Cloud Infrastructure Architecture.
  • Lift and Shift.
  • SQL Azure Consulting.
  • Cloud Technical Support.

New hopes and possibilities pondering with Microsoft’s new chat app, Kaizala

Microsoft kaizala, a simplified and secure chat app from the Microsoft’s stable is all set to revolutionize your corporate communication. It’s a phone-number based, chat app that empowers you to connect and coordinate work from corner to corner through your network – your organization, vendors, partners, suppliers, and customers.

Kaizala is now commercially available in 28 different markets as well as in 18 languages. Microsoft announced earlier that it is going to now power over 1,000 organizations in India across many governments and business institutions, to enrich workplace productivity.

It is backed by Microsoft’s Kaizala platform that would bring mobile-only workers and first line workers into a digitally integrated contemporary workplace. Microsoft will also expand the reach of kaizala to integrate itself with the old player Office 365. The Microsoft’s garage team develops this, and it aims to connect millions of people in a group and entitle hierarchy-based access to groups, facilitating subgroups.

How is Kaizala going to revolutionize Indian workforce communication?

There are many chat and collaboration apps in India as of now. Slack and Facebook’s workplace are having good opportunities, but a large part of our country’s workforce don’t even have emails, to begin with. All these hurdles have made WhatsApp the most effective collaboration too.

Microsoft aims to capitalize on these users. According to the president of Microsoft India, Kaizala is fundamentally designed for people who don’t have an email identity, to begin with. But everyone has a mobile number identity. Therefore, they can be able to use Kaizala, and start doing things very differently.

Microsoft Kaizala is now available in 18 Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, and Telugu. There are many unique features like Me Chat and Persistent Chat, and many other features like video and voice calling and web app. Using persistent chat, you can save messages over time and when a new user joins he/she will be able to read those saved messages.

There is also a feature to back up your data and export when needed. All messages, attachments and action cards can be saved and further exported for auditing purposes. Microsoft’s Kaizala Web is just an extension of your phone. You can make audio and video calls to other kaizala contacts. It also gives you a personal space where you can save notes, messages, photos and many more in me chat.

Microsoft Kaizala

Microsoft & Bitscape

Microsoft Kaizala an open platform that has developers integrating their resolutions to address business needs. Bitscape is also a partner. Bitscape is enabling organizations who prioritize security on top of everything. It is empowering customers to get involved in a more secure and productive conglomerate using instant text messages.

It is a cost-effective means to cut costs on sending daily text alerts. It gives an opportunity to the users to collaborate and learn in a collective atmosphere. Many pharmaceutical companies have been benefitted with the use of this new technology. They have improved on productivity. Bitscape is using Kiazala to automate workflow.

What’s new in Sharepoint Admin? – Bitscape Blog

Time to get updated Admin!! It is always ingenious to be updated of knowing what’s next. And when it comes to the role of an Admin, the pressure of being upgraded about the in-things moves up one scale ahead.

Sharepoint Admin is known for its frequent updates. Recent upgradation is loaded with lots of enhancements. Let us have a look at each one of them.

Upgrade #1

Active Sites Page :

Creation : Types of sites added

The active sites page will now be loaded with a list of the new types of sites to make it easier for the creation of those sites.

Details Pane: Properties of the Site

The details pane lists the properties of the site such as,

  • The Domain, the link, the description and the template of the site
  • Hub site association
  • The details of the primary admin (if applicable)
  • External sharing status

 

Sort and Filter:

The page is featured up to sort and filter the site lists that is similar to Sorting and Filtering other lists on Sharepoint.

Searching for a Site :

Using the keywords of search, a quick search for a site can be optimized by using the name, URL, primary admin or template.

Hub Site Association :

Sharepoint Admin center offers an option to modify the existing hub site associated with the site. It also allows to view and filter by the Hub site association. The hub site menu lets you register a site as a hub site, associate it with a hub site, change its hub site association, and unregister it as a hub site.

Switch between built-in views and customize views:

In the newer version of SAC, it would also be possible to view and switch between various built-in views: Office 365 group sites, Sites without a group, Largest sites, Least active sites, and Most popular shared sites. The customization of views is also available wherein views can be created and saved.

Site level sharing :

The latest version allows the admins to mend the site level sharing status based on the purpose.

CSV Exporting :

Exporting of the file is now enhanced to other formats too. Microsoft has amended the CSV format for exporting purpose. Files, data can now be exported to CSV format.

Lock up sites:

The today’s version of SAC would grant the admins to set up a lock for the sites to a read-only mode, Content amendment prevention, and fully inaccessible status.

It is even possible to click on multiple sites simultaneously and choose multiple email site admins

Delete Sites:

The Sharepoint Admins can now delete the sites that are no longer necessary from the Office 365 group. This means all the resources associated with the site will also be erased including the Mailbox, calendar. This can be undone in 93 days. Those deleted sites can be recovered in 93 days using the View and Restore deleted sites option. But the deleted groups must be restored in 30 days.

Amending Owners :

For a group connected site, adding or removing of owners is possible. The other sites facilitate to change the primary admin or add or remove admins.

The Site details :

When a site is clicked on, the details page gets opened which shows,

  • the number of pages visited in the last 1 month,
  • the number of files edited in the last 30 days, the used amount of storage,
  • the number of files and the date of last activity in the last 30 days,

Upgrade #2

 

Links on the Homepage :

The homepage, now, includes links the Homepage to the Microsoft 365 that facilitates the admins  to view the detailed reports of the information, the post updates.

The left pane of the Homepage is infused with direct links to the One Drive Admin center and the Migration tool.

The left pane also holds links to the Classic Sharepoint Admin center that aids the admins  who wish to switch to the Classic version.

The Homepage also shares its space for the Geo-Location selector for organizations that have set up Multi-Geo option.

Upgrade #3

Access control and Settings page :

The newer update is capable of signing out inactive sessions for the purpose of security.

The access to the SAC is restricted to particular IP address and Apps.

API Management Page:

The page allows the admins to view and approve pending API permissions on the web and similarly to accept or reject the requests incoming.

Thus,The Sharepoint Admin center has enhanced its quality to one level up and is still working on further upgrades like better design for Mobile, added batch operations, URL change, batch restore, permanent deletion of sites.

 

Resource: What’s new in the SharePoint admin center

Microsoft and Innovation – Trusted Cloud

Adhering to the legacy of creating a wow with every update, Microsoft’s October 2018 updates were no less. A breakthrough in creativity and user experience, Microsoft announced at the end of October the new features of Microsoft 365 which would not only enhance the overall look and feel of the created content but also tools and solutions that help users make smooth transition to cloud.

Microsoft and Innovation, just change title to Microsoft and Innovation – Trusted Cloud

Features that enhance the overall impact of the document or the presentation have been set out already and a wave of excitement precedes the same. Available from the start of November, the latest feature enables users to add embedded 3D animations and pictures to create outstanding presentations and aid more content retention for the end viewers.

Additions available with a mandate Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription and a touch/ink enabled device enable enhanced natural ways to add ink to your presentation. Easy conversion from digital pen ink to text on a slide. Also, this feature helps you to transform an entire selection of complex drawings and handwritten words to text and shapes at the same time. This feature is also available now, starting November 2018.

With many more updates still aligned to leave the public gaping for more, Microsoft 365 and Office 365 are takin user experience to a completely different level with the ease of visuals and cloud computing at fingertips

Cloud Opportunities with Microsoft Azure Consulting at Bitscape

Bitscape is dedicated to the Microsoft Azure Platform as the ideal Cloud Services platform for cloud-based infrastructure, applications, and data storage and identity services. Bitscape helps organizations with Azure Cloud allowing managing services.

As a member of the Microsoft Partnership program and a Microsoft Azure Circle program Partner, Bitscape is recognized as a one of the most experienced and qualified Microsoft Partners in the field of cloud computing.

Bitscape ensure you to achieve the benefits of Windows Azure cost-effectively so that business agility becomes a reality.

It has been seen from history that business have always faced challenges around containing IT costs.  IT Landscape must be more sophisticated which may need more investment to get the right IT infrastructure in place. That is the reason CIOs are looking for ways to shrink the total cost of ownership and change how they spend, however at the same time they require to help organization react quicker to customer demand. This simply means becoming more agile in getting products and services to market quicker and improve customer experience.

As per the recent study many organizations are looking forward to adopt Windows Azure as part of their overall cloud strategy. Microsoft’s public cloud environment host applications, here are the benefits which your organization avail,

  • Lesser costs: help to achieve economy of scale.
  • Flexibility: scale infrastructure resources as needed.
  • Speed to Value: it reduce the deployment time more than 70%.
  • Security, reliability and compliance: make sure about data protection and compliance.

The application deployment challenge is big or small, Bitscape ‘s approach is always to try to recognize your business and assists you to articulate your problem in business term and then advice the best possible solution using the available resources.

For many of the organization, the most excellent approach to progress the efficiency, decrease the costs and improve the security of their IT infrastructure is cloud computing. At Bitscape our Azure Consulting team understands how the Microsoft Azure platform can be best utilized to facilitate an organization’s foundation for running Windows applications and storing data in “the Cloud”

The Windows Azure accumulates your money by reducing your capital costs and permitting you to pay only for the IT services which actually used by your employees. Reducing cost by eliminating hardware cost is the most beneficial part. When the arrangements done correctly and effectively an organization’s IT infrastructure to a cloud based your organization releases valuable time and resources to focus on the things which matter to your business.

Bitscape has created a fast growing Azure practice, focused on facilitating clients drive value from cloud enablement containing combining public cloud with on-premises infrastructure for a hybrid solution.

Azure: Internet of Things: The Big Bang

With automation being an inseparable part of our everyday lives, fascinations like remote controlled homes and smart objects connected directly to the internet and taking care of themselves are not something that have been limited to mankind’s dreams. These technologies have very much become a part of our day to day lives, for e.g.: printers being able to order cartridges and inks as soon as they reach crucial levels, medical wearable devices able to monitor and upload data on cloud based storage systems time to time, rooms that maintain light and temperature based on sensors and much more. All these inclusive is being termed as The Internet of Things (IoT) has reached to new and scalable heights with business ideas that have helped not only create a completely new vertical of technology and automation but has also given rise to a humungous stream of revenue source.

Companies that are making and offering such connected products through applications and tools like Sandvik and Omnivex which are among the leaders in the scenario design platforms and communication media to connect their products to Azure IoT to enhance and enable their connected products and make automation, monitoring and control much easier than before.

Considering the pitfalls that come hand in hand with any new advent, the security and efficiency of these systems if not handled with utmost care can easily provide loopholes to menaces. With the Internet being an enormous data house easily accessible to anyone with a smart phone in their hands, it is imperative that such highly advanced systems be secure enough as to protect consumers, their data and also keep their trust built up and maintained.

 

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Azure DevOps Server 2019: A revolution in self hosting.

An icing on the cake for customers who prefer to self host, Microsoft recently launched the first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. The DevOps Server 2019, being optimized for customers as mentioned above, mainly delivers the code base of Microsoft Azure DevOps.  Self hosting customers usually are the ones who require a guaranteed isolated instance of the DevOps as they need a run on-premises version or because the system requirement is in regions wherein a hosted version of DevOps is not available.

photo courtesy: azure.microsoft.com

The new Azure DevOps server includes the latest Azure DevOps user interface which is fast, clean and contains numerous advanced features, following the evolution of Team Foundation Server. In addition to the existing support for SQL server, Azure DevOps Server 2019 includes support for Azure SQL enabling organizations to use their own data center to self host Azure DevOps using an on- premises SQL server. This self hosting can also be done in the cloud which lets customers utilize the premium Azure SQL  capabilities and performance to the fullest. This release has raised the bars and Azure DevOps is now the provider of best in class hybrid-cloud development collaboration capabilities through which the customers can self host in the cloud, install on- premises or make use of the globally available Microsoft hosted service which also gives the benefits of automatic scaling and updates simultaneously.

The new release management interface which makes it easier to manage how the deployment is taking place is also a part of the Azure DevOps server 2019. The end to end traceability is an added feature which makes it quite an effortless task to monitor the details of the deployments.  Customers using TFS 2012 or a later version can directly upgrade to Azure DevOps Server 2019 without any hassle while those on TFS 2010 or older might need to go through some interim steps before they can actually uograde to the latest released version.

What’s new for Azure – Ansible with Azure – Cloud Computing just got better!!!

With the latest updates of Ansible that enables more of software automation provisioning, there are multiple new features that would be added to Microsoft Azure and change the way things were till now. Ansible 2.7, launched in the first week of October has a total of whopping 21 new Azure models and provides a plethora of automation opportunities for Azure. The deployment and configuration of numerous Azure resources can now be natively automated and would ease out tasks for the multitude of its users out there.

Some of the Azure resources that would rightaway benefit from this new update are

Azure Web Apps: Using Ansible, creation and configuration of web apps, REST APIs and mobile back ends have become much easier.

Azure Traffic Manager: With the help of Ansible, creation and configuration of Azure Traffic Manager for optimal traffic distribution reaching out services globally at Azure regions.

Azure Route: Override Azure’s old school routing through Ansible’s new means of creating and configuring your own routes.

Azure Applicate Gateway: Ansible lets you create and configure Azure Applicate Gateway and gives you easy ways to manage web traffic.

Azure Autoscale: Changing times and changing demands can be easily managed through creating and configuring Azure Autoscale to help applications perform their best.

Additional facts module for VM and ACR: Ansible makes access to information about virtual machines or Azure container registry for further configuration.

Ref: Ansible with Azure