At the recently concluded Microsoft BUILD conference, Azure team announced their vision for the next generation of PaaS platform – Azure Service Fabric.

Azure Service Fabric provides a high control platform that enables developers and ISVs to build cloud services with a high degree of scalability and customization. Service Fabric was born from Microsoft’s years of experience delivering mission-critical cloud services and has been in production for more than five years. It provides the foundational technology upon which Azure’s core infrastructure is ran and also powers services like Skype for Business, InTune, Event Hubs, DocumentDB, Azure SQL Database (across more than 1.4 million customer databases) and Bing Cortana – which can scale to process more than 500 million evaluations per second.

Join AIS for a webinar session where we will discuss key concepts and motivations behind Azure Service Fabric. Read More…

azureI recently needed to verify the integrity of a large number of XML files that are stored in Azure Blob Storage. These files were essentially hand-written and contained numerous typos, errors and other inconsistencies. I needed to not only identify files that contained well-formed XML, but also find files containing nodes with names that were not on a list of known good names.

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bondiBondi Digital Publishing has relied on AIS for several years to build and enhance it’s Cloud Hosted digital magazine archive platform. Vogue, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines now have a compelling avenue for delivering content to their readers. Both back issues and new and upcoming issues of magazines are provided online in a beautiful HTML5 viewer.

The Bondi Digital Archive has grown, and with that growth new challenges have arisen. Some publishers have come to Bondi with a need to make hundreds or thousands of back issues available online as quickly as possible. However, once the back issues were all scanned, the images and metadata had to be processed before the final digital product was ready. This processing was taking an immense amount of time – sometimes up to several weeks. The publications wanted their back issues available online much more quickly than that. Read More…

Microsoft Azure

Please join AIS as presenter Kevin Aenmey discusses the Azure Service Bus as a messaging platform hosted in the cloud.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 12:00 PM EST: REGISTER NOW

Azure Service Bus is a messaging platform hosted in the cloud. It provides different messaging capabilities that allow applications to communicate with each other whether those application are running in Azure or on-premises. The asynchronous messaging patterns enabled by Service Bus allows for convenient load leveling, load balancing and temporal decoupling. This talk will provide an introduction to asynchronous messaging with Azure Service Bus.  We will focus on what it is, why you would want to use it and a brief demonstration on a number of asynchronous messaging patterns implemented with Service Bus.

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Join Microsoft and AIS to learn how Azure Government Cloud can help Justice & Public Safety officials quickly respond to events at scale as needed.
 


The cloud platform designed to meet U.S. government demands Azure Government delivers cloud speed, scale, and economics while addressing the security and compliance needs of U.S. federal agencies including the Department of Defense, plus state and local governments and their solution providers. Azure Government offers physical and network isolation from non-U.S. government deployments and requires specialized personnel screening. Azure Government will address government regulatory and compliance requirements such as FedRAMP, CJIS, and HIPAA.

When local, state or federal authorities respond to criminal acts, they seek to quickly collect vast amount of inputs from the public.  This input can be in the form of tips, photos, videos or any untold observations.  Agencies need the capability to surge their IT tools and applications to collect the data, store it, and run big data analysis tools against the collected content to harvest information.

Register now for an exclusive Microsoft & AIS webinar to learn how you can:

  • Through a few clicks publish internet or extranet facing web or SharePoint site to organize with first responders to an incident or catastrophe
  • Provide a cost effective approach to development on larger scale environments
  • Extend the On-Prem footprint without exposing critical data
  • Reduce the burden of implementing back-up and disaster recovery for your applications.

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Welcome to part ten of our blog series based on our latest Plural Sight course: Applied Azure. Previously, we’ve discussed Mobile Services, Big Compute, Azure Web SitesAzure Worker RolesIdentity and Access with Azure Active DirectoryAzure Service Bus and MongoDBHIPPA Compliant Apps in Azure and Offloading SharePoint Customizations to Azure and “Big Data” with Windows Azure HDInsight.

Motivation

A majority of organizations, especially e-commerce and m-commerce shops face the following challenges in support of business-to-business messaging across various platforms. Read More…

Welcome to part nine of the blog series based on Vishwas Lele’s PluralSight course: Applied Azure. Previously, we’ve discussed Big Compute, Azure Web SitesAzure Worker RolesIdentity and Access with Azure Active DirectoryAzure Service Bus and MongoDBHIPPA Compliant Apps in Azure and Offloading SharePoint Customizations to Azure and “Big Data” with Windows Azure HDInsight.

Motivation

Windows Azure Mobile Services is a powerful building block in the Windows Azure platform. It brings together a set of services that enables you to create a versatile backend API very quickly. Moreover, it is supported by all major platforms such as Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android, iOS and HTML5. Read More…

Welcome to part eight of the blog series based on Vishwas Lele’s PluralSight course: Applied Azure. Previously, we’ve discussed Azure Web Sites, Azure Worker Roles, Identity and Access with Azure Active Directory, Azure Service Bus and MongoDB, HIPPA Compliant Apps in Azure and Offloading SharePoint Customizations to Azure and “Big Data” with Windows Azure HDInsight.

Motivation

Big Compute refers to running large scale applications which utilize large amounts of CPU and/or memory resources. These resources are provided by using a cluster of computers and the applications are distributed across the cluster. The key concept is to distribute the application to run on multiple machines so as to execute computations simultaneously in parallel. Problems in the financial, scientific and engineering fields often require computations which would take several days or longer if executed on a single computer. Big Compute solutions significantly reduce the solution time dramatically from days to hours or less, depending on how many machines are added to the compute cluster. Big Compute differs subtly from “Big Data” in that the latter is more about using disk capacity and IO performance of a cluster of computers in order to analyze large volumes of data, whereas Big Compute is primarily about utilizing CPU power in a cluster to perform computations. In order to harness the resources of multiple machines, a Big Compute solution also requires components to handle the configuration and scheduling of the individual component computations – this is usually the role of a ‘head node’ in the compute cluster. Microsoft’s HPC (High Performance Computing) platform is a key aspect of their Big Compute offerings. HPC provides all the components necessary to configure, schedule and execute computations in a distributed cluster. Microsoft’s HPC solution is supported in on-premises environments as well as in the Azure cloud, both in an IaaS configuration as well as via an Azure HPC scheduler. Since the publishing of the Pluralsight course, there have been continued developments from Microsoft on the Big Compute offerings in Azure, in particular the new Azure Batch offering which is currently in preview mode. Read More…

roadtocloud

The software industry is changing.

Many companies that have historically bought packaged software solutions are evaluating software as a service (SaaS) and cloud-backed software solutions to replace their legacy software.

This new cloud market presents tremendous opportunity for established software vendors. Capturing that opportunity brings not just technical changes, but fundamental shifts to your company’s business model.

Network, learn and share.

Join this event to learn from your peers in the industry that have leveraged the benefits of the cloud to build a successful business. You’ll hear from owners and leaders of successful software businesses about best practices and lessons learned, and gain insight about the cloud opportunity for a software business.  Read More…