SharePoint consultants and developers work in projects, and most SharePoint environments are large. As a best practice, the development and test environments should be as equal as possible to the production environment. In reality, SharePoint development and test environments are not as equal as possible. Based on Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), we have a chance to get the environment as equal as possible and to speed up projects and reduce project cost from planning through final deployment of hardware requirements on production environments. Consultants can act faster, or shall we say "very fast". This session demonstrates how to use the Microsoft Azure Management Portal, Windows PowerShell or Microsoft System Center to manage many environments like SharePoint farms in Azure and to deploy the 1-n farms via script, to manage more than 100 cores and terra bytes of VHDs on-demand. Learn how to scale your SharePoint environment up and down, and switch off all resources to scale based on your needs on-demand. Learn to load test on-demand in SharePoint on Azure, for better quality in your production environment. At the end of the Session, you'll understand the latest thinking on Infrastructure as a Service for SharePoint, and the difference from standard hosting. We also discuss how to design a SharePoint Farm for Azure IaaS for Scale-up/-down, and out and off. Focusing on SharePoint and SQL Server and BI, we demonstrate the mechanism to enroll large environments in minutes and to bring them into a very low-cost state for non-business hours, based on demand. With this thinking, IT environments like SharePoint are designed for high availability. At the end of session you'll see the cloud and Azure from a new perspective, and see that hosting is not all the time 24x7, with high availability.
Data has always had the power to transform business and Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform have been at the heart of that transformation. The new wave of groundbreaking Microsoft solutions with SQL Server 2014 and Power BI address your needs for mission-critical performance and availability, faster insights on any data, and greater efficiency and flexibility. We’re excited to take you inside the technologies behind these database and business intelligence solutions—both on-premise and in the cloud. Learn more about SQL Server 2014, the next release of SQL Server. SQL Server 2014 delivers higher performance on large volumes of data with our new In-Memory OLTP technology as well as greater availability through our hybrid disaster recovery and backup solutions. Explore Power BI for Office 365, our new cloud-based BI solution that empowers you to search, discover, and access data within and outside your organization and unlock insights with rich visualizations using familiar tools on any device. See Microsoft Azure SQL Database in action, delivering predictable performance for business-critical applications in the cloud. Learn how to take advantage of these and other technologies to add greater value to your organization.
Noah will provide an overview of storage in Windows Azure, including how to store, access, manage, and secure data in Azure. Noah will talk about how to use Windows Azure Storage in traditional applications as well as how to design applications using "cloud thinking".
Speaker: Noah Benedict Managing Consultant, Catapult Systems