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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.

 

Create Amazing Location Based Services with Azure

With increasing penetration of internet, almost all aspects of our daily lives are getting connected and accessed online. From booking a table for dinner to booking a hotel room, there are hundreds of smartphone apps today that help to make the process easier.

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New Public Preview app for Azure users
Microsoft launched the Public Preview add-on in its vase Azure Location Based Services. This is a wide portfolio containing several innovative geospatial service APIs, which can be easily integrated with Azure.

This has provided an excellent opportunity for developers to create advanced location-based apps and IoT. It is also helpful for creating solutions for logistic, tracking and asset management. Currently, the services include Map Rendering, Search, Routing, Traffic and Time Zones. The company has partnered with TomTom and collaborated with corporate customers, Microsoft has integrated the native location capabilities into its Azure cloud platform.

What Makes the New Azure Location Based Services from Microsoft so Useful?

Extensive solutions
The Azure LBS from Microsoft consists of an innovative set of geospatial services, in combination with a total set on global geography.

Azure Cloud Standards Compliant
The Azure LBS is designed to be easily integrated into the Azure cloud. This ensures optimum privacy, efficient usability, global access and efficient localization.

Secure Authentication
The Azure LBS solutions use advanced key-based authentication systems. Creating an Azure LBS account helps to get two authentication keys automatically. These are useful in authenticating requests to the several Azure servers located worldwide.

Easy to Use
Using Azure LBS solutions after creating the account and getting the authentication keys becomes fairly simple. You simply need to place parameters on your URL request, which helps to get relevant and faster results.

Highlights and Advantages of Azure Location Based Services
These are the distinct advantages you get when you integrate the innovative Azure LBS into your cloud-based management system:

Azure Map Control
This is a JavaScript-based web control. It has built-in abilities to select and display Azure LBS vector map tiles, draw data on it, and interact with the map. The user can simply click on a point on the map and the map control searches for the relevant business at the location.

Render Service
The Azure LBS Render service allows users to request vector-based map tiles and render the data and apply styling according to client specification. This service also provides raster maps. These are efficient to embed a map image into the app or web page.

Routing Service
The Azure LBS Routing Service is designed to get directions to your destination. This service is able to provide ideal directions, using the extensive map data available and combining it with various scenarios. The system can help to choose the fastest, shortest and most congestion-free route to your destination.

Search Service
The Azure LBS Search Service is best-suited for use in geocoding, POI searches and for reverse geocoding.

Traffic Service
The Azure LBS Traffic Service is designed to provide real-time and updated reports on traffic on a specified route, according to the user’s query.

Time Zone Service
The Azure LBS Time Zone Service is an efficient way to know the time zones and the exact time in locations all across the globe.

These innovative services make the new Azure Location Based Services API one of the most innovative and useful tools for companies and enterprises who wish to provide better help with a location for users.

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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

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.

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.