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 Top Five Tips to Control Costs in Microsoft Azure

When you are using any large public cloud infrastructure – Azure included – there are a few potential issues to keep an eye out for. The biggest is cost. Note that I didn’t say “price,” I said “cost.” Let's take a look at some of the ways businesses and enterprises can control their cloud hosting costs in Microsoft Azure.

 Why ASP.NET Core Is the Modern Development Platform of Choice for Business and Enterprise Web Applications

Why ASP.NET Core Is the Modern Development Platform of Choice for Business and Enterprise Web Applications

We’ve written a lot about ASP.NET Core. Our team has been using it from day one – largely due to the significant performance gains (more on that in a minute). There are lots of other reasons developers and admins like the platform as well. But technical nuances are not how most corporate VPs and C-level executives make decisions. Fortunately, there are a lot of real-world, practical reasons why businesses and enterprises are moving their projects to ASP.NET Core … the kinds of things that impact the bottom line and warm the hearts or the most conservative CFOs. Here's what you need to know.

Some recent events have demonstrated some of the challenges that can come from these arrangements. Twice in the last week we have been asked to jump in and help when a system or process has been disrupted by the hosting environment or the environment has not been available to assist when a disruption has occurred, resulting in significant outages, unnecessary heartache and costs, and more than a few sleepless nights for our customers’ in-house IT teams.

When we’re asked about what’s important to consider when choosing a hosting provider, here’s what we say.

In a way it’s hard to believe that more than two years have passed since the first production release of Microsoft’s .NET Core framework development platform. But it also feels like a long time because those two years have been full of advances, updates, and new releases. We have been developing applications on the Microsoft technology stack for more than fifteen years now, and we have never seen the pace of platform innovation moving this fast and effectively before. The Microsoft team is obviously dedicated and committed to the success of the platform.

 Supreme Court Sales Internet Tax Ruling: South Dakota v. Wayfair

Depending on who you are listening to, the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the right of individual states to charge sales tax on internet transactions is either a small blip on the economics of internet retail or the end of eCommerce as we know it. The reality is that it’s something far more boring … it’s an open door for governmental regulation and additional economic friction.

 Navigating the GDPR: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Will Impact Your Business and Your Website … Here’s What You Need to Know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by central EU governmental authorities to augment and supersede the previous Data Protection Directive which came into effect in 1995. Chances are, if you are doing business in the EU and your website was created by a professional development team, your website likely follows many of those recommendations already. Importantly, the guidelines of the Data Protection Directive were just that – a set of guidelines.

 Choosing the Best Cloud or Hosting Solution for Your App or Website

We still get asked this question all the time. Once we have helped a customer build their application or website, they want our advice on where they should they put it. It’s a great question, because the “right” answer has changed over time as project requirements and hosting technologies have changed. And even today the answer can be different depending on your individual business needs and the industry that you are in. So, let’s start with a brief overview of the differences between the four broad categories of application and website hosting and then drill down to discover what our go-to recommendation is for most businesses today.

 Website Security – SSL Is Not Enough

If everything we knew about hackers, ransomware, identity theft, and website security was limited to reports from the major media, no one would ever build a website again. Yes, the internet landscape has its dangers. But the truth of the matter is that the real risk to the vast majority of the websites out there is that they have not been well-maintained, are out of date, or have not implemented basic security measures.

 Introduction to Let’s Encrypt Website Security – Free TLS/SSL Certificates for Everyone

The internet is all about disruption of established business models. But that disruption is not limited to virtual vs bricks-and-mortar businesses. Sometimes – often – internet and web technologies disrupt themselves.

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