Thursday, March 26, 2015

Azure App SVC Pricing highlights

If you are in the business of building enterprise-ready apps in a well-built development platform then Azure App Service provides in addition to building apps a common management and billing model. The choice is yours to pick items from a large menu. You can start off experimenting for free (or shared) and then upgrade to Basic, Standard or Premium tiers.

The new Azure App Service details are here:
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2015/03/microsofts-rolls-out-new-azure-app.html

Quoting from Microsoft (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/app-service/),

"Azure App Service is a one-of-a kind solution that brings together the tools you need for building enterprise-ready apps around a common development, management and billing model. You can choose from a rich ecosystem of pre-built apps and API services as well as a unified set of enterprise capabilities including mobile backend services, turnkey connectivity to SaaS and enterprise systems, and workflow-based creation of business processes"

The following image details the Service Capabilities



The following image details the App Capabilities



The pricing depends on geographical location of the data center



If you are serious about using this service, perhaps the best way to go about is to try the Free and Shared option shown here:


The details of Basic (1,2, or 4 cores 10GB each), Standard Tier (1,2,4 cores 50GB each) and Premium Tier(1,2,4 core 250GB each)  are available at the link mentioned above.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Microsoft rolls out new Azure App Service


Microsoft ties up three of its offerings (Azure Web Sites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure BizTalk Services) into a new Azure App Service to provide a unified expereince ofor the developers.

This is achieved by the following 4 key components, the last one being the connectivity platform for systems both on-premises and the cloud:
  • Web Apps
  • Mobile Apps
  • Logic Apps
  • API apps
Web Apps (Azure web sites) provides support for .ENET, Java, PHP, Python and other languages through integration with Visual Studio OnLine, GitHub, Bitbucket etc.
Mobile Apps provides backend capabilities for not only native Windows but also for Android and IOs mobile platforms cvia Xamarin and Cordova.
Logic Apps can be created by developers for automation of process execution across various services akin to BizTalk services for enterprise integration.

Read more here and here and here.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Debut of Windows 10 IOT: Get a head start

Although Windows 10 is not RTM yet, the following are the rumored version:

•Windows 10 (for inexpensive tablets; possibly called Windows 10 RT)
•Windows 10 (for traditional PCs)
•Windows 10 Enterprise

Read here: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-10/fl/windows-10.htm

However Microsoft is extending the reach by adding Windows 10 IoT to the above list. It  is Windows 10 for embedded and supports universal apps and drives and can work for the whole spectrum of devices from simple devices to complicated industrial devices. With this additional version the Windows 10 is surely driving towards the OnePlatform concept.

Read here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devschool/archive/2015/02/03/iot-windows-10-for-embedded-iot.aspx

In the previous link you find a whole lot of links to Windows 10 and IoT that you should review to see how deep are the roots.

If you want to be in the game get youreslf a Raspeberry Pi2 ($35) which is selling like hot cakes. I am not exaggerating. Go and purchase here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/

Before you order get to know some of the facts about what you get for $35 from the previous MSDN blogs link.

After buying it go this site and register yourself as a Windows Developer here:
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/featured/raspberrypi2support

Read the two popular posts on hodentek here:
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/05/wiring-up-internet-of-things-with-node.html
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/03/jump-start-on-embedded-development-with.html

Enjoy!
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