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Enterprises trust Microsoft Azure with their DATA

There are two primary reasons why enterprises choose to adopt Cloud infrastructure store their DATA, one and the most important DATA SECURITY and two cost benefit.

And Microsoft very well understands both these requirements of the enterprises very well. It also knows that it is no cakewalk to earn the trust of the enterprises and hence right from day one Microsoft has strived in leaving no effort and expense spared in instilling confidence and belief for it’s products in the hearts and minds of it’s customers.

Microsoft has always believed that Security, Compliance, and Privacy are the most important aspects of any organization and that there should be no compromise made on this front. In each development process that Microsoft undertakes it ensures that these three features are deeply ingrained in the DNA of the final product.

Microsoft’s offering in the Cloud infrastructure space is marketed under the brand name “Microsoft Azure”. Azure provides a host of cloud computing services such as data storage, data analytics, data computing and networking. Organizations are free to choose any or all of these services depending upon their business requirements.

Microsoft Azure falls under the category of Paas (Platform as service) as well as Iaas (Infrastructure as Service).

So, after all, why do enterprises and organizations should trust their all-important data with Microsoft Azure?

Is it simply because stats show that 85 % Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Cloud or there are 1,20,000 monthly NEW subscriptions of Azure or is it because the 34 data centers that Microsoft has set up across the globe.

The above numbers are fine but they are not enough to convince the enterprises to migrate or adopt Microsoft Azure as their Cloud Partner.

So what is actually driving the acceptability and popularity of Azure? This can be answered in just one word – “DATA SECURITY”.

Each and every organization is extremely concerned about it’s data confidentiality and has zero tolerance towards any form of compromise in it’s data privacy.

Microsoft is aware of this All the most important business need and is leaving no expense spared in meeting the same. Of the 12 billion $ that Microsoft spends in research and product development a substantial amount, close to 1 billion $ is set aside for cybersecurity efforts. Microsoft has a dedicated Digital Crimes Unit which specializes in Digital Crime detection using sophisticated tools such as analytics.

Moreover, Microsoft has acquired more certifications in the field of Regulatory compliance with respect to different countries than any other cloud service provider. Microsoft is devoting it’s resources in advanced technologies to offer state of the art Digital Secure and Private environment for it’s customers.

Bitscape Infotech has been a Microsoft GOLD Partner since the year 2004 and it goes without saying that Bitscape has developed it’s expertise in and around Microsoft technologies which include Microsoft Cloud Services Azure.

It is the single-minded vision of Bitscape to help enterprises with it’s Microsoft-powered data solutions which would empower the enterprises with DATA storage in secured and flexible environment guaranteeing them with DATA privacy and accessibility from anywhere in the world.

Microsoft takes Machine Learning to next level: Forays into sports and agriculture sectors

There is little doubt in the minds of the programmers that Machine learning also commonly referred to as Artificial Intelligence (AI) would bring about a tectonic change across industry verticals and the way businesses would benefit by leveraging their capabilities.

Microsoft has already realised the potential of Machine learning and is making sincere efforts in utilising it’s weight to help businesses in sectors such as education, agriculture, healthcare, fraud detection, public services and even sports to increase their productivity.

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Microsoft has very recently unveiled a unique platform which uses Machine learning (Artificial intelligence) that will help the sports administrators in predicting the cricket scores more accurately even when the cricket matches are affected by weather conditions. Besides prediction of match scores accurately sports administrators can also use this new platform for managing a host of other sports related activities.

This cricketing platform uses Machine learning where in it allows the programmers to include multiple parameters such as playing conditions, weather, nature of the cricket pitch and ground skill level of the batsmen and bowlers so as to predict the match scores more definitively and accurately.

According to Microsoft the power of Machine learning is immense and it can be utilised effectively for the sports industry for not merely predicting the scores of the matches but also predicting other match related eventualities such as monitoring real time player conditions on the field so as to be prepared for any sort of eventualities such as player injuries also.

Apart from the sports industry Public Services sector and Agriculture also form a key area for Microsoft to utilise Machine learning capabilities.

Microsoft has recently entered into a deal with the Andhra Pradesh government to use Machine Learning to analyse and predict the school drop outs rate and reasons and take necessary preventive measures.

Similarly, in the month of June Microsoft partnered with International Crops Research Institute to develop a “sowing app” that provides crucial information to the farmers related to the reasons for crop failures and their preventive actions and methods to increase the crop yield.

Microsoft continues to believe in the capabilities of Machine learning (Artificial Intelligence) and would strive to help the businesses in Public and Private sectors to increase their efficiency and thereby their productivity.

 

Source: –  MicrosoftAzure

New Generation Analytics and Business Intelligence Solutions using Microsoft Power BI

Bitscape offers comprehensive BI services using familiar Microsoft technologies including recent inclusion of Microsoft’s Power BI data visualization.
With Power BI and Power BI desktop our expert consultants can help you create collaborative BI suite, help you keep your reports up to date including scheduled data refresh option. With natural query language based search available you can ask questions to your data and do data queries for the team as well as search/maintain data catalog.
 
Microsoft’s Power BI is built around three core components: datasets, which contain all of the raw information a user brings into Power BI; reports, which organize that data into a set of charts and graphs and dashboards, which are single live-updating pages that provide an at-a-glance look at specific visualizations based on those reports.
 
The tool can pull in content from a company’s data using connections to a variety of sources including Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, SQL Server Analysis Services and the Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight service. In addition to those data sources, Microsoft has added a number of “content packs” from third party vendors like Salesforce, Acumatica, GitHub and Zendesk and SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) to name a few. The packs will pull in datasets from those services, and also include pre-populated reports and dashboards designed to get users off the ground and quickly display relevant information. Today Power BI is also able to leverage power of R. R is the most widely used programming language and software by statisticians and data scientists, and increasingly adopted by business analysts. 
 
With Power BI gateways, you can keep your data fresh by connecting to on-premises data sources. The gateways provide the flexibility you need to meet individual needs, and the needs of your organization. The Power BI gateway for personal use is designed for use with personal data sets and allows you to refresh your on-premises data quickly without waiting for an IT Admin. The Power BI gateway for enterprise gateways is used by organizations to serve a large number of users.
 
Bitscape’s expertise in Microsoft BI since 2011 along with Microsoft Worldwide Award recognition as finalist for Business Intelligence for 2013, do further complement our Power BI servicing ability. We literally make your data in to gold mine for you. Do contact us today to consult how we can help you with analytics and dashboards need of yours.
 

Microsoft as an Application Platform-as-a-Service Leader to mechanize the configuration, deployment and ongoing management of application in the cloud with Azure PaaS

For many cloud services Azure PaaS is the right choice for many cloud users. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a main key Azure Component, which is useful for buyers and profitable for sellers. Microsoft Azure and Windows Server applications are finally symbiotic as well. The major goal of Microsoft Azure and Windows Server is to make Azure cloud hosted by Windows Server alternative or supplement which means Azure delivers PaaS feature to applications.

A user with Windows Server applications, Azure reinstates both the hardware and platform software. Hence, Azure relocates software licensing charges as well as maintenance costs.

PaaS is Azure’s best feature and clearest differentiator. Additionally, to limit cloud costs, PaaS facilitates hybrid cloud operation. To make this, PaaS facilitates a complete cloud software and hardware platform for applications compatible with Microsoft’s on-premises tools. Azure recommends cloud-friendly implementations on well- accepted server APIs for service such as SharePoint. As Microsoft controls the data centre version of the same APIs, it can create flexibility and hybridization into the cloud and data center.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) allows IT department to concentrate efforts on their custom applications, not the platform they run on. With the Windows Azure, organization’s IT team can develop custom solutions and manage design, development and deployment, exclusive of the need to purchase and manage the server hardware, software, storage, security or networks which is used to deliver the solution.

Bitscape is a premier partner with Microsoft where Bitscape customer will receive a license to take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s IaaS solution. As of now Bitscape supports Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, the latest announcement provides the creation of hybrid cloud infrastructure by promoting Bitscape customers to consider Azure to power the infrastructure which undergirds its PaaS infrastructure .

As time goes Windows Azure has established and more and more organizations start looking at Azure to solve some of their needs.

PaaS benefits are more than grid computing fulfillment. Microsoft controls middleware in Azure and Windows Server, ensuring on-premises programs can take full advantage of cloud.

Clients of Bitscape have profited from this service model. If you would like to discover potential for your organization contact us to schedule a consultation.

Microsoft Azure Site recovery: an exceptional destination for disaster recovery and to defend physical server

Azure Site Recovery assists you to protect important applications by coordinating the imitation and recovery of physical or virtual machines. Your organization can replicate to your own data centre, to a hosting service provider or even to Azure to avoid the expense and complexity of building and managing your own secondary location.

Azure Site Recovery adds to your business continuity and disaster recovery strategy by coordinating replication, failover and recovery of virtual machines in a number of deployment scenario.

Azure Site Recovery assists to protect the critical applications running in your datacenter with flexible recovery plans. Microsoft Azure Site Recovery is a Microsoft Azure service that will enable failover for on-premises Hyper-Virtual machines.

Azure Site Recovery is secure. It neither captures your application data nor has any information about what is running inside your virtual machines. Internet connectivity is not needed either from the Hyper-V hosts or the virtual machines.

As replication is between your own enterprise and service provide sites, no application data is sent to Azure. Only metadata, like VM or cloud names, that is needed to coordinate failover, is sent to Azure.

Your all data is stored in “YOUR” storage account on top of the world class geo-redundant storage provided by Azure.

Earlier Azure Site Recovery was known as Hyper-V Recovery Manager. New capabilities will facilitate customers to replicate VMs from their own data centers directly to Azure and coordinate the recovery of workloads in a cloud computing environment.

The highlighted features of Azure Site Recovery:

  • Simplify – Site Recovery ,facilitates your business continuity and disaster recovery by making it easy to configure replication and run failover and recovery for you on-premises workloads and applications.
  • Replication – you can replicate on-premises workloads to Azure storage, or to a secondary datacenter.
  • Vault – to manage duplication you can set up a Site Recovery Vault in an Azure region you select. All metadata remains within that region.
  • Metadata- no application data is sent to Azure. Site recovery only requires metadata such as virtual machine and VMM cloud means, in order to coordinate replication and failover.
  • Connection to Azure – management servers communicate with Azure depending on your deployment scenario. For example if your organization is replicating virtual machines located in an on premises VMM cloud, the VMM server communicates with Site Recovery over an encrypted outbound  HTTPS connection. No connection is needed from the virtual machines or Hyper-V hosts.

Bitscape Azure Platform Services guides your organization to plan your Azure Application planning strategy and consulting services.

Bitscape is one of the trustworthy technology partners who turn your business innovation ideas into reality. At Bitscape we combine your unique needs with technology and strategy to rapidly realize your business goals.

Microsoft Azure applies a specialized operating system, which is known as Microsoft Azure, to run its “fabric layer”.

Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform which facilitates the quick build, deployment and management of application across a global network of Microsoft –managed datacenters.

Windows Azure : it is a cloud-computing infrastructure and platform which is known as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) for creating, deploying and managing applications through a global network of Microsoft- managed datacenters. It is a service from Microsoft allowing companies to host their applications in the Cloud so they don’t require purchasing or managing their own servers.

Advantages with Windows Azure:

  • Fund savings and Quick Scalability – with the Windows Azure, companies need to pay for the resources which their applications are using. Whether a company requires increasing its number of users or its data storage, for example, Microsoft can simply adjust their rate, making it extremely convenient and scalable. With this “pay-as-you-go” approach, business only pay for the amount of space which they need, instead of having to pay for the empty storage at the maximum amount which they may never use. Further, companies using Windows Azure need not to buy, manage, administer performance maintenance, configure hardware and operating system, and pay the electricity costs for their own machines, lot of savings of time and money.
  • Trustworthy – in addition to cost savings and quick scalability, another most awesome advantage of Windows Azure and Iaas/PaaS model is its trustworthiness. Windows services are offered from cloud data centers which have multiple built-in redundancies. If company’s one server crashes then a company’s applications will automatically run on another server in the data centre.
  • Simple and easy upgrades: Microsoft Azure supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third party software and system. Latest application upgrade can be easily added.

Bitscape Azure consultants can assist your organization to determine whether Microsoft Azure is the model for your business – working with you to identify your requirement for a successful move into the cloud.

 

Azure Cloud – move towards shaping the IaaS lines with Microsoft technology.

Bitscape is a partner of Microsoft Azure. We can assist you to plan and deploy efficient migration onto various Microsoft cloud services. Microsoft is accessible as both Platform-as-a –Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure- as-a-Service – Microsoft Azure recommends Virtualization through its mature Hyper-V technology. For the Microsoft Azure projects, we have been noticed that small organizations can benefit from the economies of scale. While in the case of large scale implementations, we have observed that cloud services like Microsoft Azure allow companies to cut their IT “Maintenance” and increase their productivity.

Features of Windows Azure IaaS include:

  • Extremely available and scalable.
  • Complete SQL Server functionality.
  • Capability Hybrid service and application infrastructure.
  • Strong health metrics dashboards.
  • Enterprise grade support.

Windows Azure IaaS is well managed compute service which provides complete control of the OS and the application platform stack to the application developers and IT Professional which is analogous to Hyper-V and other virtualization platforms. The element of deployment is at the granularity of a virtual machine. Your organization can deploy virtual machines for the development with the help of IT Professionals.  Although developers get complete control of the stack at the time of design, still the deployment needs to consider the systematic qualities of the application influenced by the storage, virtual networking and managed services ecosystem which surrounds it. While IaaS provides design time portability, in meantime the application may take advantage of the managed services which will impact its overall portability.

The powerful capability of IaaS facilitates your business access to:

  • On-demand infrastructure which scales and adapts to your changing business needs.
  • Deployment, development and scaling options for any web application.
  • Provide fast and easy way to create mobile apps.
  • The capability to develop and test application faster, at lower cost, with the flexibility to deploy as per requirement.
  • Durable cloud storage, backup, scalable and recovery solutions for any data.

 

 

Microsoft New Azure Backup simple and reliable, extends to reach VMs and PCs

Microsoft Azure Backup is a key component of Microsoft’s Azure cloud services. Multiple users can use the cloud service which allows data to be backed up to the Azure cloud. Azure reinstates on-premise or other offsite backup solution and offers world-class reliability, security and competitiveness.

Azure Backup is scalable clarification which protects your application data with zero capital investment and minimal operating costs.

Widows Azure Backup is based on cloud backup solution for Windows Server which allows files and folders to be backed up and recovered from the cloud, and facilitates off-site protection against data loss. Azure Backup helps IT administrators and developers with the option to back up and protect critical data in easy recoverable way from any location without spending any hardware cost.

Windows Azure Backup is created on the Windows Azure Platform and uses Windows Azure blob storage for storing customer data. Windows server utilizes the downloadable Windows Azure Backup Agent to transfer file and folder data securely and efficiently to the Windows Azure Backup Service.

Besides facilitating cloud backup for Windows Server, Windows Azure Backup Services also offers ability to backup data from System Centre Data Protection Manger and Windows Server Essentials, to the cloud.

Objectives for Azure Backup

These days’ organizations are increasingly using Azure Backup as prices, reliability, integrity and data management offers a compelling solution for their backup needs.

  • The reliability, flexibility and safety by Azure Backup deliver a enhanced quality of service than other solutions in the same price band.
  • Azure Backup is an element of a larger Azure suite with complementary world-class Azure services.
  • Periodically Incremental data changes are sent to Azure backup using compression, and encryption delivering efficiency and longer retention.
  • Azure backup has unique feature that all the effort related to backup management is left to Microsoft rather than to customer.
  • There is no downtime involved during virtual machine backup.
  • Recovery points are accessible for easy restore in the Azure Backup vault.

The advantage which Azure facilitates is, in a sense, fairly straightforward.

The Windows Azure Backup performance backups by tracking file and makes block level  changes only by transferring the changed blocks, so it reduces the storage and bandwidth utilization. Azure Backup uses storage efficiently by only storing the changes.

 

Azure brings global scalability, an open, flexible and simple platform with influential capabilities to facilitate everything you require to host and manage azure applications.

In today’s business priorities are shifting. The most important and greater focus is being placed on accelerating the growth of your business with reducing the cost of maintaining your applications and legacy systems and shifting your resources to higher value, innovative projects. Windows Azure has become premier solution to concentrating these business needs. As a leading cloud platform, Windows Azure offers a convincing set of features and capabilities to realize the benefits of cloud computing.

Bitscape, an elite Microsoft partner and member of the Azure Circle program, offers dedicate global solutions for providing enterprise-level. Azure services meet your unique goals and requirements.

One of the large company Microsoft, which has extensive experience of managing large data centers, are offering customers to “rent” data capacity. This is one of the most immense news for the companies which want to focus on their core business application and not worry about the underlying platform. Microsoft cloud platform offering is called Windows Azure.

Bitscape offers a full suite of services including:

Transformation Service

  • Realize the benefits of cloud and identify applications best suited for Azure.
  • Shift workloads, transfer the existing applications and extend on-premise applications to Azure.
  • Convert the applications and deploy to Azure.

Development Services

  • Development, designing and test public or hybrid application on Azure.
  • Re-deployment or deployment packaged applications on Azure in a public, private or hybrid.

Managing Services

  • Provide dedicated, skill excellence, global support team.
  • Securing cloud deployment with an advanced protection, monitoring, governance and automation.

Benefits of Bitscape Application Services for Windows Azure include:

  • Outstanding relationship with Microsoft, translating into deeper insight and early access to new features and capabilities.
  • Solution centers with excellence skillful assistance where you can explore issues like performance, security and governance.
  • Group of skilled, dedicated professionals who specialize in Windows Azure deployments.

We at Bitscape, make sure you achieve the benefits of Windows Azure is cost-effective.