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Now that the limited availability period is complete, we're pleased to announce that Revolution R Enterprise 7 is now generally available for all customers on the following platforms (see the detailed list of supported platforms): Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux workstations Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux servers Platform LSF and Microsoft HPC Server clusters Cloudera and Hortonworks Hadoop clusters This new release brings many new improvements to Revolution R Enterprise, including: The latest Open Source R 3.0.2 engine New big-data predictive modeling capabilities, including "decision forests" ensemble models, interactive decision trees, and stepwise selection for GLMs. New "Write Once, Deploy Anywhere" functionality, that allows the same big-data predictive analytics R code to run in Hadoop, and in Teradata database. (Teradata support will b... (more)

Azure IoT Suite Goes GA | @ThingsExpo @ScottGu #IoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

Azure IoT Suite became generally available starting September 29. This suite consist of technologies to monitor and manage devices that come under Internet of Things. Microsoft according to Scott Guthrie provides advanced capabilities like stream processing and predictive analytics. Enterprises/Organizations use prebuilt solutions. Read more here: https://rcpmag.com/articles/2015/09/30/microsoft-launches-azure-iot.aspx The following customers chowcased the Azure IOT Suite: ThyssenKrupp Elevators Rockwell Automation Microsoft also has a IoT certification program called "Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT." Well, this is just the beginning of a Tsunami that is sure to hit any time soon. ... (more)

Why .NET Deployment Automation Is Vital for Agility

Why .NET Deployment Automation Is Vital for Agility By Ron Gidron Developing and deploying large-scale .NET-based applications can quickly become a time-consuming and error-prone process, as you waste resources and expose yourself to the risk of failure and diminished employee satisfaction. It may seem a trivial task at first, but as .NET development is scaled to hundreds of applications and thousands of servers, its deployment must be automated like any other process if you are to achieve enterprise-wide agility. It's time to take action. Use Cases As your .NET code base and your number of applications grow, .NET deployment automation becomes a bigger challenge and many aspects need to be considered. Here are two examples of what may be required for a .NET deployment automation scenario: Scenario 1 Windows Services Workflow deploys application, creates Windows ser... (more)

Microsoft .NET Developers Launch KatrinaSafe.com

"Every once in a while, I'm reminded what a great company Microsoft is ... and what great people I work with," states Houston, TX-based J Sawyer (pictured), Microsoft developer evangelist for the Gulf Coast district. He was in Austin at the weekend, helping go live with www.katrinasafe.com. Sawyer blogged on Sunday: "Everyone here is spending their holiday weekend, working until the wee hours of the morning, to build this site and make it available. It went from an initial vision on Wednesday at 11 PM to an initial live version now. And we're not done yet." He continued: "Not only are we doing the web site, but we're also working on a Smart Client application that aid workers will be able to use to enter the information about survivors. It's been a lot of work. It's also been a lot of fun ... especially working with this great bunch of guys up here. And ... it is, w... (more)

Design Patterns in the Windows Azure Platform

While most  Cloud Platforms are viewed as Virtualization, Hypervisors, Elastic Instances and infrastructure-related flexibility that enables you to arrive at the dynamic infrastructure,  Windows Azure is a complete development platform where the  scalability of the multi-tiered systems can be enabled through the usage of  ‘Design Patterns'. Below are the  common ‘Design Patterns' that can be realized using the Windows Azure as a PaaS platform. Web Role & Worker Role Windows Azure currently supports the following two types of roles: Web role: A web role is a role that is customized for web application programming as supported by IIS 7 and ASP.NET. Worker role: A worker role is a role that is useful for generalized development, and may perform background processing for a web role. A service must include at least one role of either type, but may consist of any number of... (more)

AppZero Joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Cloud and datacenter migration innovator AppZero has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance Program.  AppZero is a fast, flexible way to move Windows Server applications from any source machine – physical or virtual – to any destination server, in any cloud or datacenter, using its patented container technology. AppZero’s container is also called a Virtual Application Appliance (VAA). To facilitate Microsoft Azure onboarding, AppZero has two purpose-built offerings: AppZero SP for Azure, a SaaS portal, https://azure.appzero.com/, and an Azure Certified app in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.  The first five migrations on AppZero SP for Azure can be done at no cost. As part of the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance program, AppZero will provide application migration tools that enable users to modernize [upgrade] their operating system and move to the cloud ... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards Polls Will Close on December 31, 2005

  SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will close on December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to select the best  software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX. Best Java Products of 2005: http://java.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Linux Products of 2005: http://linux.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Web Services Products of 2005: http://webservices.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best .NET Products of 2005: http://dotnet.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Macromedia MX and ColdFusion Products of 2005: http://mxdj.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards program is considered to be the most prestigious awar... (more)

Google, Akamai, and VMware: Cloud Computing's Top Three?

What are the three companies expected to benefit most from the cloud computing boom? One answer would be Google, Akamai, and VMware - according anyway to the Rule Breakers newsletter run by the founder of The Motley Fool, Dave Gardner. "At Motley Fool Rule Breakers, we believe cloud computing will massively disrupt the desktop computing industry that came before it -- and we think three stocks, in particular, will profit handsomely from the shift," writes Tim Beyers, who adds: "Cloud computing is to storing and processing data what the electrical grid is to plugging in your television: a scalable way to deliver services while matching supply and demand across the grid." But SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal would most certainly add Amazon to the list of the heaviest heavy-hitters in cloud computing. In fact, right now there are as many as fifty companies highly activ... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Bridging the Computing Clouds with SSMA2008

Well, for various reasons you may be willing (wanting) to place a part of your stuff on Microsoft Azure and part on the Amazon Cloud. In fact it is a repetition of the same story of the bygone era, some data on Microsoft platform, some on Oracle etc. Sooner or later you want to move data from one to the other. Of course there are the integration tools that can handle this. But there are others who specialize in migration of data. Microsoft went relational with its flagship SQL Server 2008 ported out to the clouds with SQL Azure. Soon Amazon followed with its relational offering based on MySQL. Now Microsoft has released SQL Server Migration Assistant 2008 for MySQL v1.0 in CTP1. This is a toolkit that you may use to migrate your MySQL data to SQL Server 2008 and SQL Azure. This is a nice one way bridge to SQL Azure from Amazon's MySQL. Every database vendor has his own... (more)

Creating a Windows Phone App in Three Quick Steps

Yesterday we attended mobile hackathon sponsored by Microsoft and PhoneGap. The goal was to build a PhoneGap app and install in on Windows Phone. We used Tiggzi App Builder, PhoneGap Build and very quickly installed an app on Windows Phone. Thanks to @jccim for inviting us and giving us a brand new Windows Phone for testing. Step 1. Build an HTML5/jQuery Mobile app in Tiggzi Mobile App Builder: Step 2. Export the app as HTML/JavaScript/CSS: We will be adding Windows Phone support to Tiggzi in May (first source code export, followed by binary build). Step 3. Upload the app to PhoneGap Build, download the Windows Phone version: You are done! ... (more)