MANAGED SERVICES OFFERINGS – EPC GROUP

Posted by EPC Group on Mar.15, 2015 3:00 pm

EPC GROUP’S MANAGED SERVICES OFFERINGS

In today’s digital landscape unified communication and collaboration technologies equip organizations with new ways to get work done. With the convergence in technologies IT teams are struggling with the ability to meet end user and business expectations. They face challenges around making the most of the latest technologies with little budget and without disrupting the business and a host of road blocks such as:

  • Meeting compliance and security standards
  • Truly understanding how the business operates and how to properly align technology strategies
  • Mastering the workforce and employee function Read More

Topics: Azure Managed Services Custom Application Managed Services Hybrid Cloud Managed Services Managed Services Office 365 Managed Services Project Server Managed Services SharePoint Managed Services SQL Server Managed Services

Overview of Microsoft Azure Development and the Azure SDK

Posted by EPC Group on May.08, 2015 11:18 am

Overview of Microsoft Azure Development and SDK

Microsoft Azure currently has four main groupings related to their features and services which are:

  • Infrastructure Services
  • Develop Modern Applications
  • Insights from Data
  • Identity and Access Management

Microsoft Azure has a in-depth documentation library available, as shown in the image below, to help answer question as well as review the frequent updates published on its structure and underlying security model as well ascloud compliance and regulatory concerns.

These four main groupings related to their features and services are then broken down further, as shown in the image below, to provide an overview of the additional offerings as detailed below:

Infrastructure Services

  • Virtual Machines
  • Storage, Backup, and Recovery
  • Big Compute

Develop Modern Applications

  • Web
  • Mobile
  • Media
  • Integration
  • Dev-Test

Insights from Data

  • SQL Databases
  • HDInsight

Identity and Access Management

  • Active Directory
  • Multi-factor Authentication

To obtain a free trial subscription of Microsoft Azure, refer to the following link: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/

To download the Microsoft Azure SDK and available command line tools, as shown in the image below, refer to the following link:

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/

Overview of the documentation center available on Microsoft Azure

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Overview of the available Offerings and Features of Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft Azure’s available downloads to obtain the latest SDK as well any available command line tools that you may require.

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When reviewing your organization’s development requirements and the resources you may currently have on-premises as well as those that you may be reviewing in the cloud, it is key to have a clear understanding of what the disaster recovery architecture model would entail along with the published SLAs from the provider. A high-level overview of Microsoft Azure’s DR architecture can be seen in the image below.

In Microsoft Azure, there is a 99.95% SLA for extranet connectivity which is really the industry standard across the board. Microsoft Azure’s latest service level agreement (SLA) can be found at the following link:http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/legal/sla/

This SLA covers the actual hardware as well as the datacenter, network and any power grid failure as well as hardware upgrades and related software maintenance in their datacenter(s). The two elements that are no covered are VM container crashes as well as guest OS updates.

Microsoft Azure’s Disaster Recovery Architecture

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EPC Group’s Microsoft Azure & Hybrid Cloud Development

When review your organization’s overall approach to development as well as the actual hosting and provider selection, it is key to start from the disaster recovery metrics and SLAs and then work your way back through your specific requirements.

This is a completely different way of thinking when of that of the past, but this the new approach when discussing cloud and hybrid cloud initiatives.

Topics: Application Development Azure Azure Managed Services Custom Development Hybrid Cloud Strategies Hybrid SharePoint Implementation Hybrid SharePoint Platform