Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Totally integrated Oracle Cloud

Oracle Cloud publicized as the Next-Generation Public Cloud is comprehensive, agile and can transform your business in many ways. Like other cloud offerings Oracle Cloud is also subscription based.

Oracle Cloud offers a solution which is comprehensive; having the broadest collection of cloud services; having solutions at every layer of cloud technology with ability to move speedily between on-premises and Cloud with ease.

Oracle Cloud  offers,
  • Software as Service (SaaS)
 Enterprise resource planning
 Human capital management
 Customer experience
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
 Industry's #1 database (Oracle Database)
 Industry's #1 Application Server (Oracle WebLogic)
  • Infrastructure as Service (IaaS)
 Elastic Compute and Storage
  • Oracle Data as Service (DaaS)
MySQL and OpenStack

The Oracle Cloud stands on the base of 19 worldwide data centers manned by Oracle security experts and offers round-the-clock monitoring and support.

Post based on Oracle PDF briefing.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Get Web Platform Installer and get all the latest web related Tools/Programs

Web Plagtform Installer (Web PI) is a free tool and a treasure house for those interested in developing for the web. It is the source to get some of the free stuff for Microsoft Web Platform components like Internet Information Services, SQL Server Express, .NET Framework, Web Matrix
and a host of other development related resources including third party/Open Source programs. It is well suited for blogging, content management, learning and you can use the Windows Web Application Gallery.

Get Web Platform Installer 5.0 from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx

When you install the Web Platform Installer (wpilauncher.exe) you always get the latest version. You can get it in the language of your choice from among 14 languages:
  • English, German, French, Spanish, Italian,
  • Czech, Polish, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian,
  • Chinese Simplified, Japanese,  Korean, Chinese, Traditional, Chinese,  Turkish
It has a tiny foot print but does great thingswith this size. The program requires one of the following OS plus connection to the Internet:
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista with SP2
  • Windows Server: 2003 with sp2+, 2008, 2008R2 and 2012
Even Windows XP is listed but support for XP does not exist. You also need administrative rights to the computer/server.
 
 
I recently installed WebMatrix3 from the installer:

MsftWebMatirx3.png

During this installation I could install many more items besides WebMatrix to have a complete set of tools/programs to build and maintain web sites, database applications etc. These applications are in spotlight:


MsftWebMatirx4.png

These are products available. Click on the navigation items in the left to review the details:

 MsftWebMatirx5.png

You can have a host of other programs (Drupal, Joomla, WorkPress, etc.). You can pick and choose:


 MsftWebMatirx6.png

Good luck!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Azure Logic Apps and IFTTT

The Azure App Service consists of Web Apps, Mobile Apps, Logic Apps and API Apps.


You can start configuring using the Azure Portal as shown (preview portal).


The Logic Apps in Azure allows you to configure work flows that run automatically every time the app calls an API; makes changes to data in a database; or polls on a timer and takes appropriate action like send a text message or email to configured email address, etc.

 Creating a workflow is easy with a declarative JSON file or using the Logic/Workflow designer in the Azure Portal. Here is an example of such a workflow from Scott Guthrie's blog (http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu).
 
 
 
The basic resource is to pick up from a number of Built-in API connectors (shown here taken from the same blog) and configure your workflow.

 
Well this would be very useful to businesses as long as they have all the connectors they need at their disposal. The workflow may itself be trivial and can be done fast, but to get to that stage of having appropriate connectors may involve other registrations, configurations etc. It is true, however that assuming you have the required connectors creating a workflow is easy and fast.

Conceptually IFTTT (If This The That) offers a similar service, perhaps not enterprise quality and does not encompass all the sophisticated connectors but good enough for most non-enterprise and web users and perhaps even small businesses.
Here are two workflows I created using IFTTT which of requires that I have a blogger account, a twitter account, an email address etc.

 I do not know the details of the premium service of IFTTT but perhaps that can do a lot more.

 

Am I comparing apples with apples? No. Azure's strength comes from its elasticity, the cost-effectiveness for enterprise; the rich eco-system built around it.

 
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