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Virtualization may be defined as creating virtual version of something. In IT industry in case of server virtualization, it is all about creating multiple virtual machines (guest) on a single hardware server (host). Originated in 1960s, it involves logical distribution of hardware resources among different guests. With the passage of time it gained popularity because of following benefits: -

Cost :- When one is planning to erect a datacenter, major investment goes into physical hardware. Apart from that, to run a data center, one needs space, electricity, false flooring, air conditioning, facilities to repel rodents etc: If one opts for virtualization technology one is saving a lot on above mentioned cost. Lesser hardware requirement means less space, less electricity consumption and less cooling facilities. And this boils down to less investment.

Back Up :- The compulsory item of datacenter is back up solution. Taking back up of virtualized server and its redeployment is less time consuming then that of taking back up of hardware server and redeploying it.  Firing up a snapshot is faster than rebooting a typical hardware server.

Testing Environment :- If one has testing environment then virtualization is the best option. One can create virtual machines (in accordance with the licensing policy of software) and can use it for testing purpose. If a terrible mistake happens and machine crashes new VM can be created in jiffy.

Virtualized servers are the best option when high availability is required.
mshv-overviewHyper-V (a Microsoft product) and formerly known as Windows Server Virtualization, is a native hypervisor. It comes as a separate SKU and it comes bundled with Window server 2012R2.
Windows server 2012R2 comes in four editions

  • Foundation – For up to 15 users and no virtual machine (VM) can be created.
  • Essentials – For up to 25 users and only one virtual machine can be created
  • Standard- for unlimited users and only two virtual machines can be created
  • Datacenter – For unlimited users and unlimited virtual machines can be created.
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Hi!

Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

Today is the day when everybody burst crackers and Microsoft Azure is buzzing like any cracker in the IT industry. Let's explore what it is and how it can help you and your organization.

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables developers to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

In simple words, Azure provides you Infrastructure as well as basic software like Operating System (Windows, Linux etc.), Visual Studio, SQL in cloud. For Azure, you pay as per your usage and can avoid huge capital cost that you traditionally invest in building the infrastructure.

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What applications one can build on Azure?
You can develop, test and deploy all kinds of application that you traditionally do in your own on-premise (traditional) infrastructure. You can buy cloud infrastructure as per your applications' requirement and pay-as-you-use for the infrastructure that Microsoft provides in Azure.

What are the example of scenarios in which Azure can be used?
There are many but below are the ones that I have come across frequently -
1.You need scalability in your infrastructure so that if the load increases, you do not have to run to buy and install extra hard-disk or storage, RAM, bandwidth etc. Azure will automatically scale itself up or down depending on the demand of the application.

2.You are going to host the application in cloud. In Azure, you can straight-away start hosting the application as soon as you build it.

3.You are an software outsourcing service provider and your client sits in other country. Azure gives you the flexibility in terms of your client can see the progress of the application development and can make corrections if things are not going as per your client's requirement. Secondly, your client does not have to pay for the whole infrastructure that you might have built traditionally for the development of application. Client will pay only as per the usage of the Azure.

How does the development happens on Azure? Do you need any additional skills to develop an application?
Not really, you should know .Net programming languages to develop Azure application. You can also download latest Azure SDK and use it along with Visual Studio which is available in Azure itself. Because the Azure environment is much like the standard Windows environment, it's easier to create a cloud version of an existing Windows application.

Topics that we will cover in this blog are -

  • How to try Azure?
  • Creating Virtual Machine on Azure
  • Creating and deploying Azure website
  • Mobile apps on Azure
  • Pricing and parameters to be considered while buying Azure
  • Conclusion

1.How to try Azure?

Step 1: To start the trial of Azure, you will require Live ID which can be signed up here, if you don't already have one. It is the same ID that you use for accessing VLSC portal on which your organization's Microsoft license details.

Step 2: You can sign up for free trial here: Note - You will need valid credit card details with you to activate the trial. Contact Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd, if you do not have credit card but want to see and try Azure. As you can buy Azure through Volume License as well.

https://account.windowsazure.com/signup?offer=ms-azr-0044p&WHR=azure.com  

Free Azure account to using the free developer tools, and covers each of the six major offerings from Azure:
Virtual machines
Website development
Mobile Services for authenticating users and storing data
The Cloud Services API development and deployment tools
Data Services, which incorporates SQL, Table, and Blob storage
App services like Service Bus for messaging.

2.Creating Virtual Machine on Azure

Creating Virtual Machine (VM) on Azure for Windows and Linux is almost same and easy as soon as you get an access to Azure.
Provide the public facing DNS name for the Virtual Machine, select from Azure platform supplied list of VM images, enter a user name, password, and the region.

For detailed guide on how to create VM for Windows on Azure click here.

For detailed guide on how to create VM for Linux on Azure click here.

3. Creating and deploying Azure website

Select the New->Websites option within the Preview portal:
Provide the name of the Website you want to create, choose where in the world you want to run it, and then click the “Create Website” button and it will be ready to use in seconds.

4.Mobile Apps on Azure

Please watch below video (approx. 7 minutes) to understand how simply existing windows application can be transformed into Mobile app.  You can also read this blog here.

5.Pricing and parameters to be considered while buying Azure

Taking advantage of resources in the cloud allows you to decrease your costs for building and expanding your on-premises infrastructure. You can also reduce the cost of IT administration because the hardware and its security as well as maintenance is being taken care of for you, off-premises. The cost of creating, testing, debugging, and distributing Web-based applications goes down because you have to pay only for the computer processing time and storage space you need at a given time.
Windows Azure pricing will be based on consumption, with a per-hour fee that's dependent on the size of the instance for Azure computing services and per-month or per-transaction fees for Azure storage services based on data size.

You can purchase Azure through three options -
Pay-as-you-go online

Volume license through Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd - for this, you will not mandatorily need credit card.
Enterprise Agreement (EA), if your organization have one.

Here's the calculator for pricing of Azure in INR (Indian Rupees) -
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/

Conclusion
Having in mind the above mentioned key points in moving application to Windows Azure, I highly encourage you to play around and test. I will post another blog post if something rather important comes out from the deep ocean of Azure knowledge I have. But for the moment, these are the most important check-points for your app.

If you have questions – you are more than welcome to comment!

For More Details, Please Read:

  1. All the videos, documents for beginners are available here - www.windowsazure4beginner.com
  2. Development & Deployment Azure Guide -http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee336122.aspx
  3. step-by-step migrating VMware to Windows Azure -http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2014/07/15/step-by-step-migrating-from-vmware-to-windows-azure.aspx
  4. Guide to create Virtual Machine with Linux on Azure -http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-linux-tutorial/
  5. Expert's blog on Azure and Mobile services - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brunoterkaly/archive/2014/04/13/how-to-create-universal-applications-with-azure-mobile-services-that-leverage-push-notifications-and-database-insertion-and-data-retrieval.aspx

Disclaimer
What I describe here is absolutely my sole opinion, based on my experience. You are free to follow these instructions at your own risk. I describe key points in migrating an application to the Windows Azure Platform-as-a-Service offering – the regular Cloud Services with Web and/or Worker Roles.
Once again, have a Happy & Safe Diwali!

Warm regards,
Paresh Lodha
+91-7276000222

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Hi All IT and Marketing Managers !

Have you ever seen that your colleague has used weird email signature that doesn't only irritates you but chances are that it will leave a bad impression on customers?

Have you ever thought that you can use email signature to do marketing? or its an integral part of marketing but managing it is difficult in your organization?
We have brought the solution for you!

Sujata is happy to introduce itself as an authorized reseller for Exclaimer Signature Manager Exchange Edition which is the award-winning signature software solution for Exchange 2013/2010/2007 that automatically adds professional email signatures to all corporate mail.

  1. Centrally manage all your organization’s email signatures processed by Exchange.
  2. Get consistent signatures on all email with auto-completed details like names, departments and job titles pulled from your Active Directory.
  3. Design the perfect email signature template with logos, legal disclaimers, marketing banners, social media links and more.
  4. Vary email signatures for different teams and departments.
  • Get full HTML signatures on all devices including mobiles (iPhone, Blackberry, Android devices, iPad etc.).
  • Easily update and distribute every signature in your organization with a single click via Exchange.
  • End users don’t have to do anything to receive a new email signature.

Solution is best suited for organizations that want to look professional in the e-mail. It can be from any industry.

Cost is very much affordable to enterprise and SMB customers.

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For more details, please call - Mr.Paresh Lodha - +91-7276000222 or write to [email protected] and [email protected]

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We Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd. are specialized partner for Microsoft developer’s tools.

As a developer tools specialized partner we have expertise in providing licensing and solution for below tools.

1. Visual Studio:- Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs for Microsoft Windows, as well as web sites, web applications and web services. Visual Studio uses Microsoft software development platforms such as Windows API, Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Store and Microsoft Silverlight. It can produce both native code and managed code.
Available Editions –
     a. On-Premise : Professional | Professional Test | Premium | Ultimate.
     b. Online – Basic | Professional | Advanced
2. MSDN:- Microsoft Developer Network is the portion of Microsoft responsible for managing the firm's relationship with developers and testers, such as hardware developers interested in the operating system (OS), and software developers developing on the various OS platforms or using the API and/or scripting languages of Microsoft's applications. The relationship management is situated in assorted media: web sites, newsletters, developer conferences, trade media, blogs and DVD distribution. The life cycle of the relationships ranges from legacy support through evangelizing potential offerings.
3. Azure:- Windows Azure is intended to simplify IT management and minimize up-front and on-going expenses. To this end, Azure was designed to facilitate the management of scalable Web applications over the Internet. The hosting and management environment is maintained at Microsoft data centres.
4. MS SQL:- SQL Server is a Microsoft product used to manage and store information. Technically, SQL Server is a “relational database management system” (RDMS). Broken apart, this term means two things. First, that data stored inside SQL Server will be housed in a “relational database”, and second, that SQL Server is an entire “management system”, not just a database. SQL itself stands for Structured Query Language. This is the language used to manage and administer the database server.
Available Editions –  Standard | Enterprise |Business intelligence edition
5. InfoPath: -An application in the Enterprise editions of Microsoft Office for creating and editing XML-based forms. Formerly known as "XDocs" and "NetDocs," it enables users to build forms that are true XML documents.
6. Biz Talk Server:- BizTalk Server is Microsoft's central platform for Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Business Process Management (BPM) and embodies the integration and automation capabilities of XML and Web Services technologies.
7. Team Foundation Server:- Team Foundation Server is a Microsoft product which provides source code management, reporting, requirements management, project management, automated builds, lab management, testing and release management capabilities.

Why You Should Consider Buying MSDN?
1) Get an access to all past and future versions of Visual Studio for free of cost. Free version upgrade and updates.
2) Get access to different Microsoft product licenses for free for the development and testing purpose without having to pay for any of the individual software. Download details here!
3) Full TFS license and TFS CAL is now included within all levels of MSDN Subscriptions.
4) Get access to eLearning portal – User gets approx. 20-40 Hours of online training per calendar year.
5) Tech Support Calls - Each MSDN includes 1-4 tech support incidents. Worth $500 each.
6) Get Free Azure Credits. MSDN includes a monthly allowance of Azure compute and storage.
7) Get training vouchers. Number of vouchers will depend on the number of licenses and type of licenses that you purchase.
8) Valid for 2 years. Renewal after that is optional.

More Resources for Microsoft Developers’ Tools:
1.Comparison between different editions of Visual Studio – http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/compare-visual-studio-products-vs.aspx
2.MSDN Product offerings for testing and development purpose – please find attached sheet.
3.30-day Trial version of Visual Studio – http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs
4.Trial for Microsoft Azure – http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/offers/ms-azr-0044p/

Contact Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd for training and demo of any Microsoft developers’ tools.
                                               
Contact us :
Mr. Paresh Lodha | +91-7276000222 | [email protected]
Mr. Hemant Bhagwat | +91-9850362300 | [email protected]

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Dear Customers

Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd as a Autodesk Reseller is happy to bring you great discounts for freelancers. Avail them now. Offer is valid only till October 2014.Autodesk-freelancer-Offer-October2014

Warm Regards
Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd - Autodesk Team
Autodesk Reseller
India

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