Big Changes to Azure: Introducing Azure App Service

Microsoft recently unveiled Azure App Service, a new cloud service which combines three existing Azure products: Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services, and Azure BizTalk Services. Uniting web, mobile, and enterprise apps on a single cloud platform will allow developers to create an app once and deliver it across multiple devices.
This is a big announcement as Microsoft gears up for the delivery of Windows 10. The strategy is to move towards “universal apps” for phones, tablets, and PC’s. With the Azure service updates, this also extends to iOS and Android. In theory, a developer could use the same code to deploy to all of these devices. This is HUGE!
There are 4 primary areas within App Service –App-Service-Overview-640x360

  • Web Apps
  • Mobile Apps
  • API Apps
  • Logic Apps

From the Azure App Service description –
Rapidly build, deploy and manage web and mobile apps for employees or customers using a single back-end.
Use your existing languages skills – .NET, Java, NodeJS, PHP or Python. Accelerate development with access to a rich gallery of APIs, connectors, and logic available in the Azure Marketplace.
Connect your web or mobile app to enterprise systems or SaaS in minutes with built-in connectors. Choose from more than 50 connectors for enterprise systems such as SAP, Siebel, and Oracle to popular enterprise SaaS services like Salesforce and Office 365 to popular internet services such as Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox.
Integrate data across clouds and automate business processes in minutes with a simple visual design experience. Easily integrate your logic with any mobile or web app via standard REST APIs. Build sophisticated enterprise application integration, B2B solutions using EDI, business policies (rules engine), and more based on the industry leading BizTalk platform.
Optimized for DevOps, with continuous integration support for Visual Studio Online and Github, so you can focus on rapidly improving your apps without worrying about infrastructure. Deploy app updates with built-in staging, roll-back and in-production testing capabilities.
Enjoy peace of mind with enterprise grade security and management. Provide delegated and role-based administration; easily secure and manage data flowing to your mobile apps; and protect your assets with built-in backup and restore capability. Rest confidently knowing App Service is PCI compliant. Stay in control with dedicated environments, and the ability to deploy across public and private clouds. Benefit from over 25 years of Microsoft experience and our enterprise Service Level Agreement.
Also, check out this introductory video from Microsoft. For more information or help creating your next Azure App, contact us at Perficient!

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