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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 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

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

Manage the Steep Costs of Business Downtime

You need continuous access to your data. Even an hour of downtime can cost your organization thousands of dollars, according to a recent study by the International Data Group.

A key part of running your business is keeping your data safe. Many businesses lose critical data because they don’t have a data backup solution. Microsoft Azure offers reliable and affordable backup and site recovery for your data and applications. And you only pay for the storage you use. There are no typical infrastructure costs or data transfer fees. You receive the same level of protection that Microsoft enterprise customers enjoy.

Benefits of cloud backup and storage

  • Lower costs for small and midsized businesses
  • Higher availability—the cloud has a built-in design for high availability to your data, configuring live resources to automatically take over for failed ones
  • Ease of deployment—Once an administrator configures the system, it just works.
  • World-class security—With Microsoft Azure cloud services, all data is encrypted to and from the cloud and while at rest.

World-class security—With Microsoft Azure cloud services, all data is encrypted to and from the cloud and while at rest.

What are your risks?

  • Data loss—without sufficient backup and storage, your company risks data loss during a natural disaster
  • High costs for downtime—Thirty-three percent of the respondents to a 2014 IDG Enterprise survey cited business continuity as a driver spurring cloud initiatives in their organization
  • Lack of compliance

Azure Site Recovery Multiple Deployment Architectures

Organizations need a DR strategy that determines how apps, workloads, and data stay running and available during planned and unplanned downtime, and recover to normal working conditions as soon as possible. Your DR strategy should keep business data safe and recoverable, and ensure that workloads remain continuously available when disaster occurs. Site Recovery is an Azure service that contributes to your DR strategy by orchestrating replication of onpremises physical servers and virtual machines to Azure. When outages occur in your primary location, you fail over to the secondary location to keep apps and workloads available. You fail back to your primary location when it returns to normal operations.

Orchestrated disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) Automate the orderly recovery of services in the event of a site outage at the primary datacenter with Site Recovery. Bring over applications in an orchestrated way to help restore service quickly, even for complex multi-tier workloads. Replication and disaster recovery to Azure Replicating your workloads to Azure enables new capabilities. Applications can be Migrated to Azure with just a few clicks or burst to Azure temporarily when you encounter a surge in demand. Run reports and analytics on copies of production workloads in Azure without impacting users. Continuous health monitoring with Site Recovery Site Recovery monitors the state of your protected instances continuously and remotely from Azure. All communication with Azure is encrypted. When replicating to Azure as the secondary site, your data is encrypted and you can also select encryption for data at-rest!

Advantages of Buying Azure

By creating a cloud service, you can deploy a multi-tier web application in Azure, defining multiple roles to distribute processing and allow flexible scaling of your application. A cloud service comprises of one or more web roles, each with its own application files and configuration. Azure Websites and Virtual Machines also enable web applications on Azure. One of the main advantages of cloud services is the ability to support more complex multi-tier architectures.

Microsoft Azure is a platform which offers secure cloud services to the user. The benefit which Azure offers than others is cross platform support. You can adopt Azure cloud system into your organization without disturbing the existing applications. Azure represents an overall IaaS and PaaS cloud solution that is fully integrated with Microsoft’s Office 365. SaaS offers so truly a one stop shop for integrated services.

 

For a very long set of things:

  • Data protection and Disaster Recovery
  • Web application hosting and continuous deployment/development
  • Virtual Machine deployment (IaaS)
  • Business inter connectivity (Service Bus)
  • Data Platform (SQL Azure, Mongo DB and others)

PaaS Capabilities

Both Azure and AWS offer similar IaaS capabilities for virtual machines, networking, and storage. However, Azure provides stronger PaaS capabilities which are an vital piece of Cloud infrastructure today.

Microsoft Azure PaaS provides application developers with the environment, tools, and building blocks that they need to quickly build and deploy new cloud services. It also gives the important ‘dev-ops’ connections which are important for monitoring, managing, and continually fine tuning those applications. With Azure PaaS, much of the infrastructure management is taken care by Microsoft. Thus, developing Azure PaaS solutions allow for a 100% focus on innovation.

Security Offerings

Microsoft was the first Cloud vendor to be approved by the European Union’s data protection authorities. They were also the first to embrace the new international standard for Cloud privacy, ISO 27018. Thus, Microsoft ensures the best in terms of safety and security for all operations and data on the Azure. Azure has been designed based on Security Development Life cycle which is an industry top leading assurance process. It comprises security at its core and private data and services stay protected and secured while they are on Azure Cloud.

Seamless Cloud Connectivity Hybrid Solution

Azure already has its hybrid capabilities in place. It constantly connects data centers to the Cloud. Azure gives a consistent platform which facilities simple mobility between on-premises and the public Cloud.

Unlike AWS, hybrid apps can be created on Azure which can take benefits of the resources accessible within data centers, at the organization service provider’s end, or within Azure itself. It also gives a broader range of hybrid connections including VPNs, caches, content delivery networks (CDNs), and ExpressRoute connections to improve usability and performance.