Microsoft Azure, a cloud platform, is rapidly expanding its scope to include
newer enterprise class services. Some of the significant new additions are:
Azure Search: Azure Search Service is a fully managed, cloud-based service
that allows developers to build rich search applications using REST APIs. It
includes full-text search scoped over your content, plus advanced search
behaviors similar to those found in commercial web search engines, such as
type-ahead, suggested queries based on near matches, and faceted navigation.
Azure Machine Learning: Azure Machine Learning makes it possible for people
without deep data science backgrounds to start mining data for predictions.
ML Studio, an integrated development environment, uses drag-and-drop gestures
and simple data flow graphs to set up experiments. For many tasks, you don't
have to write a single line of code. Azure... (more)
Enterprise Client Landscape
For several years enterprises were given some easy options when it came to
Since the exit of mainframe terminals, most enterprises have successfully
deployed Microsoft Windows-based desktops as their clients Most enterprises
adopted web-based applications, where by the desktop clients helped more in
connecting to the applications through the browser and executing them Client
Server strategy is still utilized for specific applications like Office
Productivity applications, emails and some multimedia-centric applications.
With the above s... (more)
Much has been written about the Amazon failure that really put the enterprise
adoption to Cloud a bit on the back foot. Amazon's outage was caused by a
failure of the underlying storage - the Elastic Block Storage.
The Elastic Block Store (EBS) is a distributed and replicated storage
optimized for consistent and low latency I/O from EC2 instances. EBS runs on
clusters that store data and serve requests and a set of control services
that coordinate and propagate I/Os.
The following are the mechanisms that are supposed to protect the durability
of data in Amazon EBS.
AmazonEBS vo... (more)
As suggested by numerous reports and white papers by both big players and
analysts, the market potential for IoT is in the trillions of dollars
globally per year and growing. Microsoft has rightly adopted the enablement
of IoT with appropriate platform and tools. The Microsoft Azure Intelligent
Systems Service helps enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) by
securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from a
variety of sensors and devices. While some of these services are still under
limited public preview gaining appropriate expertise will help in... (more)
The health care sector represents one of the most important and growing
industry in terms of support from Information Technology. In several
countries, including the US, health care spending in IT is at the top of the
IT industry. The following are some of the challenges faced by the industry
worldwide in general and the US in particular.
Challenge #1: Single Truth of Customer data, electronic medical records (EMR)
and health information exchanges (HIE). A patient information needs to be
true and unique across the globe and across transactions
Challenge #2: Applications subject t... (more)