From flower trading to Hollywood casting, Microsoft
The Azure upgrades include the ability to run virtual machines on the cloud (including Linux machines) as well as the ability to manage secure VPNs between private and public clouds. Microsoft also announced an improved software development kit and support for various applications on Azure.
The first company is a Montreal-based firm called Sierra Flower Trading Inc., an online flower vendor that is now hosting what it says is the world’s largest open-source flower encyclopedia on Azure. With its infrasrtucture currently deployed over a hybrid cloud, Sierra will soon move more elements to the public side, beginning with its legacy ERP system and then, eventually, an e-commerce Web site.
What intrigues Filin among the recent Microsoft announcements is the one around SQL Server reporting. Previously only available for on-premise systems, it will now be possible to run the database reporting functions in the cloud, said Darren Massel, senior product manager for public cloud at Microsoft Canada [NASDAQ: MFST].
Meanwhile, the CTO of another company, Infusion Canada, which has developed a tool called Personif to collect user-generated video content online (including for Hollywood casting, soliciting citizen feedback on the part of governments, and human resources), said moving to the Azure cloud has brought certain jobs from “nightmare” into “effortless” territory.
One of the new Azure features that interests him most is the virtual machine capability. Infusion spends a great deal of time writing custom programs to configure machines on startup, which isn’t always easy, he said. “Having the option to have pre-canned virtual machines with Linux, with SharePoint, with other Microsoft enterprise products, is huge for us.”
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