Learn Cloud-Based Integration Using Azure App Service

QuickLearn, a company that specializes in training classes for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and BizTalk Server, added a new course to their schedule: Cloud-Based Integration Using Azure App Service.

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This intermediate skill level course shows how to build hybrid integration solutions in the cloud that take advantage of the publish-subscribe nature of Azure Service Bus, the connectivity provided by Hybrid Connections, and the process composition capabilities of Logic Apps and API Apps. The first course starts May 6, 2015. The course lasts three days and can be attended either in person in Kirkland WA or remotely.

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Cloud Services vs Personal Cloud

Internet speeds have grown so quickly during the past few years, the computers have got so powerful and size of the files we use every single day have got huge enough to make us think about other storing options than putting our files on CDs, USBs or HDDs, since they are not sufficient anymore. The most popular solution nowadays are the cloud services and they probably are the best option at the moment, because they provide sufficient space and they are elegant and easy to use.

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However, the biggest question is should you use those made by huge companies or set up a personal cloud server. The decision is all yours to make and in this article you will find all the major pros and cons about both of the possibilities, which will hopefully help you choose the one that suits you best without any doubts.

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Cloud Computing: Evaluating the Past, the Present and Where It Is Headed

Several years ago, if you wished to store and manage data, your primary option would be to do so on your local computer or via a local server. However, cloud computing changed all of that. Over the past few years, many businesses have been turning to this solution, irrespective of their size or what industry they operate in.

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So, what is cloud computing? In the most basic terms this is storing, managing, accessing, and processing your data and programs over the Internet. Essentially, ‘cloud’ is a metaphor for the Internet. For your solution to be considered a cloud one, it must require you to access your programs or data over the Internet. It is not about your hard drive or having a dedicated hardware server in residence.

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The Benefits of Cloud Computing to Businesses

Cloud computing is an emerging technology that has been very beneficial to enterprises and businesses alike. It can help meet the increasing requirements to lower the total cost of ownership, to get a higher return on investment, as well as increased efficiency. It also acts as utility-like pay-as-you-go service, so there are no complications whatsoever.

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However, many IT professionals are noting the increased associated risks in trusting information assets in the cloud. There is now a demand for a behind-the-firewall use of commercial or internet-based cloud technologies, when it comes to focusing specifically on one company’s computing needs.

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The Safety Issues of Online Storage

Some people are wary about cloud storage due to a number of safety issues. However, this is a valid concern since they are entrusting their precious data to this service and they do not want anyone to have access to it. More so, if you do not want to lose your data.

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Some people think that if they store their data on their own computer or backup disk, they are in control. They also think that entrusting their valuable data to a third party will make them lose control over the data. However, this is just a misguided notion since most cloud storage services have backup solutions with varying degrees of safety measures.

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