OS Migration best practices

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Posted on 22nd March 2013 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing |Technology

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windows migrationIn todays fast paced world companies are trying to keep up by having the most up to date technology and platforms to ensure they remain competitive. The traditional ways of IT departments migrating OS systems has changed dramatically. This is because IT departments had to take into account how users were accessing and using IT resources. This could include anything from operating systems, applications, printers, or tablets all with different interfaces and possible platforms. Dell has just released an OS Migration Best Practices Video Series that can be accessed for free and provides four steps outlined by IDG editors for Microsoft OS migration success.

Microsoft has a lions share of the operating systems in the world and with the recent introduction of Windows 8 many small to medium companies are looking at the methods to deploy this to their end users. With the inclusion of Office 360 and their collaboration tools Microsoft understands the importance of multi-device support so IT departments are having to design and implement these new software updates.

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Quickly build and deploy applications with Windows Azure pricing structure

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Posted on 25th January 2013 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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Windows Azure pricingThis is the second part in a series on the Windows Azure cloud computing platform. Towards the bottom we look at the Windows Azure Pricing structure and how you can take advantage of their 90 day free trial. We will look at some case studies on companies that have been able to quickly build and deploy applications on Windows Azure platform. Whether you are looking SaaS or video distrubtion for training using cloud computing services may be the right solution for you.

Case Study 1 Helping first responders saves lives:

In the full case study you can find all the technical details but in summary here is what Windows Azure was able to do. An IT company was able to use Windows Azure cloud based computing platform to help develop and deploy “MOB Guardian” which stand for “Man Over Board” for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) of the United Kingdom to help them monitor and know the exact location of a man overboard. Because of the global scale and reach of Windows cloud platform two10 degrees was able to deploy the system to over 500 fishing vessels.

Reduced Capital Expenditures for Search and Rescue
Using Windows Azure, two10 degrees avoided a large investment in servers and hosting. The investment would have made it difficult for two10 degrees to provide a cost-effective service. Further, with Windows Azure, two10 degrees customers do not have to pay upfront licensing fees or purchase hardware. “Now, we can provide an affordable, life-saving service. The pay-as-you-go Windows Azure pricing model helps us eliminate barriers to entry for emergency services providers, who are often operating on limited budgets,” says Barnes. … read more at Windows Azure case studies.

 

Case Study 2 Cut costs and improve services in healthcare:

Healthcare systems and providers know that they have to get more efficient in delivering quality care if they are to survive in the new health care reform world. Being able to deliver care to patient in the office and hospital are traditional modes that are now being expanded to virtual spaces. In order to met QOC (Quality of Care) metrics providers are being incentivized on how well they manage their patients and not just simply seeing patients in their office. At STAT Health services they have deployed the services of Windows Azure cloud computing to help them launch and scale various applications that help them better serve their patients while providing better healthcare.

 

Benefits
By building Stat Doctors in the Windows Azure environment, Stat Health Services has saved money on service delivery and enabled its business customers and patients to save money on healthcare. The company has also improved system scalability and reliability, which have improved the quality of patient care.

Cost Savings
Moving to Windows Azure helped Stat Health avoid a US$170,000 initial investment in hardware and software, in addition to saving the company $3,000 per month in video conferencing fees. The company has also enabled significant healthcare savings for its business customers. One customer, Scottsdale Healthcare, calculated that Stat Doctors saved it nearly $115,000 in healthcare costs in 2011—its first year utilizing the service—and the savings continue to grow… read more at Windows Azure

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Your Windows Azure free 90 day trial consists of the following:

  • compute / 750 small compute hours per month

  • web sites / 10 web sites

  • mobile services / 10 mobile services

  • relational database / 1 SQL database

  • SQL reporting / 100 hours per month

  • storage / 35GB with 50,000,000 storage transactions

  • data transfer / unlimited inbound & 25GB outbound

  • media services encoding / 50 GB (input & output combined)

  • cdn / 20GB outbound with 500,000 transactions

  • cache / 128MB

  • service bus / 1,500 relay hours and 500,000 messages

Windows Azure pricing Structure is scalable just like it’s platform. I have included some pieces of information on the various costs but have put a link to their actual cost here. You can also check out the Windows Azure pricing calculator to get an estimate of your usage and the associated costs. When you create your account you will have full control of turning on and off various applications to help manage your budget and application growth. They have three different options listed in the Windows Azure pricing structure which are Free, Shared, and Reserved.

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Create and manage your websites with Windows Azure cloud computing

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Posted on 23rd January 2013 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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First what is Windows Azure: Windows Azure cloud computing offers small to large companies the capabilities to deploy and scale websites and applications in short time span that is extremely cost effective.

Windows has started to market their cloud based services and architecture called Windows Azure that has a lot of applications. They are even offering a Free 90 Day trial just for simply trying them out to see the power and scalability. You can see by watching the brief video below that they have actually simplified the process of getting a web site or blog up and running. In the programming world cloud based solutions has become more popular in order to get applications up and running more quickly without a large investment in servers and other IT equipment. We are going to be doing a series of articles on various case studies and benefits of the Windows Azure while they are offering the Free 90 Day Trial cloud computing solution.

 

Cloud Services

Create highly-available, infinitely scalable applications and API’s

Quickly deploy and manage powerful applications and services with Windows Azure Cloud Services. Simply upload your application and Windows Azure handles the deployment details – from provisioning and load balancing to health monitoring for continuous availability. Your application is backed by an industry leading 99.95% monthly SLA. You just focus on the application and not the infrastructure. It’s that good… read more at windows azure.com

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Quickly build, deploy & manage apps using any OS, language, or tool.
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Free 90 day trial for Windows Azure

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Posted on 23rd January 2013 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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Free 90 Day trial for Windows Azure



We read an article on what look to be a technology solution offering from Windows called Windows Azure. After doing some research it turns that this technology has been tested and was used for video and web applications during the London Olympic games. Pretty good testing ground to show the scalability and scope of this product. They are now going into a full scale launch and are offering a free 90 day trial.

Here is a quick snapshot of what you can expect

  •  Quickly build, deploy & manage applications.
  • Use any operating system, language or tool.
  •  No obligation, totally free.

Instead of trying to re-write about the all the tools and function we found this quick piece on what it does:

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

Always up. Always on.

Windows Azure delivers a 99.95% monthly SLA and enables you to build and run highly available applications without focusing on the infrastructure. It provides automatic OS and service patching, built in network load balancing and resiliency to hardware failure. It supports a deployment model that enables you to upgrade your application without downtime.

Open

Windows Azure enables you to use any language, framework, or tool to build applications. Features and services are exposed using open REST protocols. The Windows Azure client libraries are available for multiple programming languages, and are released under an open source license and hosted on GitHub.

Unlimited servers. Unlimited storage.

Windows Azure enables you to easily scale your applications to any size. It is a fully automated self-service platform that allows you to provision resources within minutes. Elastically grow or shrink your resource usage based on your needs. You only pay for the resources your application uses. Windows Azure is available in multiple datacenters around the world, enabling you to deploy your applications close to your customers.

Powerful Capabilities

Windows Azure delivers a flexible cloud platform that can satisfy any application need. It enables you to reliably host and scale out your application code within compute roles. You can store data using relational SQL databases, NoSQL table stores, and unstructured blob stores, and optionally use Hadoop and business intelligence services to data-mine it. You can take advantage of Windows Azure’s robust messaging capabilities to enable scalable distributed applications, as well as deliver hybrid solutions that run across a cloud and on-premises enterprise environment. Windows Azure’s distributed caching and CDN services allow you to reduce latency and deliver great application performance anywhere in the world.

Start building great apps today!… read more

If you are interested in trying out the functionality you can grab your Free 90 trial of Windows Azure and take it for a spin.

 

 

Get 90 DAYS of Windows Azure free
Quickly build, deploy & manage apps using any OS, language, or tool.
>Get it now

Here is a great video showing the simplicity of the power of scaling your website resources based on demand with Windows Azure.

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