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Can BindTuning Benefit Your Deployment:

Posted by Jim on September 07, 2017
Azure, O365, Office 365, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2016 / 1 Comment

Yes …yes …yes …Lets just cut to the chase. If you are a consultant, or a system integrator delivering robust SharePoint solutions, how do you seal the deal? Bind Tuning …

Just imagine that next week you are going onsite to do the final architectural and design pitch. You’ve spent the past weeks working on your proposal. You plan to show them the SharePoint test environment you’ve built, which includes sample sites, taxonomies.  Still something isn’t quite right…

You’re not really a design expert and you are using all the same boring out-of-the-box SharePoint branding. In fact, your demo is just like everyone else’s. Problem is, you just don’t have the 80 hours it takes to create a sharp custom theme or incorporate the company’s color scheme along with a modern-look design.

Then you need this tool …

BindTuning is a multi-platform themes marketplace that provides all the tools you need to achieve a custom branding solution for SharePoint in minutes.

If you are building your solution on SharePoint on-premises, SharePoint in Azure, Office 365, 2010,2013, 2016 versions or in Fpweb.net’s dedicated, private cloud, BindTuning has a branding solution that fits.

For creating a custom branding solution with BindTuning is easy that even a child can do it. BindTuning’s unique Magic Tool will amaze you! If you have a logo or if you’re trying to match an existing website, use the Magic Tool to quickly create a color scheme to match. It doesn’t get any easier.

The templates are fully responsive, supporting mobile devices out-of-the-box, and the final package includes all the branding resources you need. From master pages, page layouts, to css and JavaScript, all is included.

A current project with an Atlanta manufacturing company proved to be much more than promised. We even got custom support for no additional cost. Amazing ………. Support and help was also impressive.

I totally support and recommend the template and custom WebParts.

You will not be disappointed. If I had only had this for 2000, 2003, 2007 🙁

 

 

 

Storage Comparison – Cloud Service – part 2

Posted by Jim on August 13, 2017
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Storage is an issues that really requires analysis. Perhaps the most glaring issues around a cloud service is storage and cost.

With the cloud, you can store with the same effortlessness anything from a bunch of GBs to several PBs (1 petabyte = 1,024 terabytes = 1,048,576 gigabytes). Beware, though: implementing these solutions is not so trivial, as this is not a regular hosting for which you just need a user and password to upload and transfer files to an FTP. Instead, you’ll need to interact with APIs or third-party programs, and it may take some time before you’re ready to operate your storage entirely in the cloud.

To store objects, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is the service that’s been running the longest, and as such it has extensive documentation, including free webinars, tons of sample code and libraries, articles and tutorials and very active discussion forums.  Of course, Google Cloud Storage and Microsoft Azure Storage provide a service that’s as reliable and capable, but the resources you’ll find don’t come even close that of Amazon’s.

service provider GB/month
Block Storage w Rackspace Cloud $0.12
Cloud Files w Rackspace Cloud $0.1
Cloud Storage w Google Cloud Platform $0.026 (standard) / $0.02 (DRA1)
Data Lake Store w Microsoft Azure $0.04
Simple Storage Service (S3) w Amazon Web Services $0.03 (standard) / $0.0125 (infrequent)
Storage w Microsoft Azure $0.024 (LRS2) / $0.048 (GRS3) / $0.061 (RA-GRS4)

 

And for your archiving requirements, also sometimes called “cold storage” (like when you store objects you don’t plan to access regularly for the most part), you’ll enjoy lower rates but also lower access speeds, which shouldn’t be much of a problem in most cases. The characteristics and prices are very similar among different providers, so most probably you’ll be conditioned by which API you have implemented on your back-end. For the specs and details, see Amazon Glacier, Cloud Storage Nearline by Google, and Azure Backup; and check also the archiving solutions these providers offer — Data Archive by AWS, and Backup and Archive by Azure.

service provider GB/month
Cloud Storage Nearline Google Cloud Platform $0.01 (storage) + $0.01 (retrieval)
Glacier w Amazon Web Services $0.007
Storage w Microsoft Azure $0.01 (LRS) / $0.02 (GRS) / $0.025 (RA-GRS)

In addition to storing and archiving, they provide more specific options, such as Amazon CloudFront targeted for building a content delivery network (CDN), same as Google’s Cloud CDN and Azure’s Content Delivery Network.

Moe to come in the next release but AWS is looking like the best bang for the buck at this point despite some weak API solutions.

 

Azure and other Cloud Comparison – Series

Posted by Jim on July 29, 2017
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Out there in the Clouds … there appears to be three main players of business cloud services have an array of products covering all you can possibly need for you and your online operations. But there are differences not only in pricing but also in how they name and group their services, so for fun I thought I would compare one next to another and find out what they offer.

I will focus on services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure. We won’t cover all of them, or get into much detail about the infrastructure of cloud computing. However, you will be exposed to many of the products you can use, and hopefully get familiar with some cloud concepts.

This will be a compare and contrast post over the next few months.

Why the Cloud

Iconic companies from both the public and the private sector — such as Netflix, AirBNB, Spotify, Expedia, PBS, and many, many more use the power of Cloud Computing or supporting their online operations. This allows them to better focus on doing what they’re known for, and let many of the technicalities be taken care of by an infrastructure that already exists and is constantly being upgraded. If they had to implement the physical infrastructure they actually need for their operations themselves, they would need an army of technicians, lots of extra budget and time, and many startups would never get past these technical challenges.

For everyone

But this is not limited to big names. Today, we live in a world in which both a huge business, and two youngsters at home with virtually no initial capital, can access world-class infrastructure for storage, computing, management and more, to make the next massive online service, and pay as they go — literally — by the hour.

Flexible (and sometimes intricate) pricing

What you pay will vary a lot depending and how much processing power you demand, how many instances (that is, how many virtual servers) you deploy, and where you deploy them (more on this on the “Locations” section). There will also be significant discounts for bulk usage. In any case, you’ll have these advantages most of the time:

  • no upfront costs
  • no termination fees
  • pay only for what you use
  • per minute billing

For precise details, you’ll need to read the pricing fine print of AWS, GCP and Azure.

Products vs Solutions

We will use the terms “products” and “services” rather indistinctly; a solution, however, is a more specific concept that you’ll hear a lot about when dealing with cloud services. Simply put, a solution is a set of preconfigured products oriented to a very specific need, with plentiful documentation, use cases and testimonials that will guide you through the process of adopting the cloud infrastructure.

Some typical “canned” solutions are: