Emerging Technologies

All you need to know about Microsoft Azure Stack(Azure on On-Premises

May 20, 2015 Azure, Azure Stack, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, IaaS, Microsoft, PaaS, SaaS, Storage, Backup & Recovery, Virtual Machines, Windows Azure Development, Windowz Azure No comments

Typically it is a hype among people that if a product comes from Microsoft, it needs to be criticized and thinking Microsoft would only be promoting their products with Azure. That’s not right and I would say we are being judgmental without even looking at the capabilities on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure the prime competitor to Amazon AWS offerings, has improved a lot and focus is more on providing cloud computing capabilities available for everyone.

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What is Microsoft Azure Stack?

Simply it paves a way to engaging your data-center with On-premise – Private/Hybrid cloud computing capabilities.

Azure Stack is a combined solution consisting of Windows Server 2016, Azure Pack and Azure Service Fabric.

  1. Azure Pack is an arrangement of Azure features that Microsoft makes accessible to its facilitating hosting service providers and bigger business clients as a download that can keep running on top of Windows Server and Systems Center. 
  2. Service Fabric is the new infrastructure management technology Microsoft is integrating in to Azure and Windows Server that will empower applications to be developer, deployed and oversaw in micro-service structure.
  3. Windows Server 2016 is an upcoming server operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, developed concurrently with Windows 10 expected to be released in Q3, 2016 and is currently under Technical Preview.

Here’s a simplified view of the Azure Stack Architecture(Sourced from Microsoft Azure Stack Documentation):

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    What it takes to have Azure Stack – on your data-center?

    Read through this link for hardware requirements:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/22/azure_stack_hardware_specs/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/18/azure_stack_versus_azure_pack_whats_the_difference/

Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS, Worldwide

May 19, 2015 Azure, Cloud Computing, IaaS, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft No comments

As per Gartner Worldwide Cloud IaaS Spending to Grow 32.8% in 2015. The new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS report released on May 2015 places IaaS companies under the following categories:

  • Leaders: Amazon AWS and Microsoft 
  • Challengers: Unfortunately there are no challengers for Amazon/Microsoft as per the report. 
  • Visionaries: Google, VMWare, CenturyLink, IBM SoftLayer
  • Niche Players: Rackspace, CSC, Fujitsu, Verizon, Dimension Data etc.

Unfortunately HP’s Public Cloud is too small to be considered in the report. As HP already announced their exit from Cloud Computing. 

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Read more from Gartner Report here (Courtesy Amazon).

Do you remember the old days some people predicted Microsoft will be a failure in Cloud. What do you say now? My intend is not a debate here, but people should not be judgemental for the sake of proving they are smarter one’s in the planet. 

Let us admit AWS and Azure rocks.. 

Some good references:

http://venturebeat.com/2015/05/19/hps-public-cloud-is-now-too-small-to-be-included-in-gartners-big-market-report/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/centurylink/2015/05/19/that-magical-quadrant-time-of-year-a-review-of-gartners-2015-cloud-report/

http://connect.cloudspectator.com/cloud-vendor-benchmark-2015-pdf-download

[infographic] Five Best Practices for Platform as a Service success

May 4, 2015 aPaaS, Cloud Computing, IaaS, OpenSource, Oracle Cloud, PaaS No comments

: Here are five best practices for maximizing the business value of your PaaS solutions.

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Microsoft Developer Program for IoT & Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview

May 3, 2015 .NET, .NET Framework, C#.NET, Cloud Computing, Embedded, Internet of Things, IoT, Microsoft, Tech-Trends, Virtualization, VisualStudio, VS2015, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 No comments

Microsoft has introduced a new developer program to enable the developers working on Internet of Things(IoT) based implementations.  As part of this program developers would be able to try out – Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview.

If you are an enthusiast working on IoT, you can signup @ https://www.windowsondevices.com/signup.aspx allows you to be early adopters of Windows on  Devices program.

Following Devices are currently supported by Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.

Below is a high level technology roadmap as per Wikipedia:

Windows Azure SDK for .NET–Version 2.0 (for Visual Studio 2010 SP1/2012)

April 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, AppFabric, Azure, Azure SDK, Azure Tools, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, KnowledgeBase, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile Services, SQL Azure, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

Latest version of Windows Azure SDK for .NET – Version 2.0 released by Microsoft.

DOWNLOAD: Windows Azure SDK for .NET 2.0 (Offline Installer)

Recommended: Instead of manually downloading the files from above link, it is recommended you use the automated one-click install provided by the Web Platform Installer x64 or x86.

Click on the appropriate install link below based on your version of Visual Studio:

DOWNLOAD:  Windows Azure Training Kit – April 2013

Just Released – Windows Azure Training Kit – November 2012 Update

November 13, 2012 .NET, All, Azure, Cloud Computing, Community, KnowledgeBase, Media Services, Microsoft, MSDN, SQL Azure, Training-Kits, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

The November 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes:

  • Updated labs to use Windows Azure SDK (October 2012)
  • Updated labs to use Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8
  • New Hands-on lab: Windows 8 Mobile Services (HTMLJS)
  • Updated Presentations .NET 4.5 Support in Web Sites and Cloud Services

DOWNLOAD: Windows Azure Training Kit – November 2012