Cloud-based streaming and production services can be a boon to any large broadcaster. Media enterprises recognize the key benefits of the cloud as an opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with a project. With the cloud, they no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure, weeks or months in advance. Producers of broadcast TV programming or live events streamers can spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes, and scale them down after use.
The IT Landscape is changing rapidly with a move away from hosting on traditional servers with their high capital costs to one that uses on-demand services that scale automatically to handle load. IT Departments are being challenged to reduce the cost and footprint of infrastructure and maintenance spend with a focus on reducing CAPEX while also increasing agility.
Microsoft Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for hosting websites and web applications. You do not have to manage virtual machines, network load balancers, or deployment infrastructure yourself. All of these capabilities are provided by the Azure Websites service. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you.
Smart locks, smart thermostats, smart cars — you’ve probably heard some of these terms lately, and you’re going to hear of them even more. But what are these things exactly — and what makes them so smart?
These devices are all part of an emerging category called the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. The Internet of Things is emerging as the next technology mega-trend, with repercussions across the business spectrum.