These days, when Cloud Computing is no longer just a buzz word but actual types of services and solutions, we find ourselves facing a problem – The huge quantity and variety of the different services providers. Choosing your cloud provider these days is a confusing and exhausting task – you have to compare the pricing, the features and the total solution’s value of different providers before you choose what fits you best. The problem is that each providers’ services and features are very different from one another, but although there are so many differences between the providers, there is one very important criteria that’s shared between them all – Performance.
Managing policies …and your usage …and your costs …and how it all adds up sounds super dull, right? And it is.
That is, until it isn’t. Have you ever had to experienced the feeling of going to your boss or any other financial controller in your company with an unexpected bill? And that bill happened to be larger than you could have imagined? It’s a long walk to their office isn’t it? Well, we don’t want you to experience that, ever!
As you know, Microsoft released the March Update of the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 a few weeks ago in the SharePoint Conference hold in Las Vegas. In this article I will show you step by step how to create a SharePoint Cloud Business App using the update project template included in the tools.
If you’ve not been living on the moon, you’ve probably heard of the concept of “Nested Virtualization”.
This is a method of running a Virtual Machine inside a Virtual Machine.
So, you have decided to Develop/Test or run Demos/Training in the Cloud. That’s Great! That is the right choice. While we are all aware of the benefits of the Cloud. You now have to put your trust and data somewhere else. So it’s important that you feel safe there.
In the CloudShare dev group, we occasionally work with an outside consultant or contractor.
One of the most annoying pains when hiring a developer contractor is the need to provide him with a development environment. The consultant usually wants to work on his laptop in his office / home and needs a development environment immediately. Besides, as opposed to an in-house developer, there is no real value in letting him install and configure his own developer station.
The first thing you think about when you hear “The Cloud” may not be development and testing. The Cloudy market is filled with SaaS applications, hosting, and cloud-based file systems. All are very useful, and offer a clear value. However, development and testing in the Cloud is one of the easiest ways to actualize the benefits the Cloud can provide. By utilizing the Cloud for your development projects you immediately save time, maximize efficiency, alleviate frustration, and increase the overall value of your code. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you have enough fingers to count the number of “Systems” in your organization? These systems, lovingly called Line of Business applications, or LOBs for short, are critical for daily work. But the software and infrastructure powering them are often very complex mixtures of on-premise apps and cloud tools. And they are hard to change. When someone has a great idea on how to improve processes, how do you begin?
Not long ago the folks over at DotNetRocks aired a podcast on application testing in the Cloud. In this podcast, they talked about the benefits of testing your code in the Cloud across a range of applications including web, mobile, and client/server.
Are you familiar with DotNetRocks? If not, either you are not a .NET Developer, or you’re just not cool. Just kidding. Here is my summary of a podcast I did with DotNetRocks on Testing in the Cloud.