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Benefits of Utilizing the Microsoft Azure Platform for your SaaS Solutions

As a software developer, Quest Software has a great deal of experience building on-premises software to solve such customer challenges as migrating email from one platform to another.  While these products have done very well, the inherent drawbacks to on-premises software, include the need to provision hardware, as well as download, configure, patch, and maintain the software.  Companies generally live with this for software that solves ongoing management problems like identity management, data protection and auditing.  These requirements of on-premises software can add significant time, cost and resources to short-term projects, however.

For the last few years, I’ve been working with development teams at Quest to build Software as a Service (SaaS) products, most of these on Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.  One of those products – Quest OnDemand Migration for Email – was released last September and, as the name suggests, it migrates email from on-premises or cloud-based email platforms to Office 365, Live@Edu and hosted Exchange.  The following are the main factors we considered when deciding on a cloud platform for this product.

Technology stack – One of the key deciding factors in choosing a platform was the compatibility of the technology stack.  For many of our SaaS projects, we port or repurpose existing code from on-premises products that were written on .NET.  Moving this to Windows Azure was more frictionless than completely re-writing our code for a platform that does not support .NET.  Our Windows management development teams can continue to develop on a technology stack they already are familiar with.  For our non-Windows teams, Windows Azure exposes its APIs via standards-based protocols (HTTP/REST), and, therefore, supports applications written in a variety of programming languages.
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Published Friday, July 20, 2012 6:50 AM by David Marshall
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