Showing posts with label Server. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Server. Show all posts

Sunday, December 17, 2017

SharePoint Server 2010 Business Connectivity Services

SharePoint Server 2010 Business Connectivity Services

You have a portal? Want to integrate some external data into your portal in a meaningful way? Nothing to worry! Here's Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007's Business Data Catalog (BDC) to facilitate this exact scenario. Microsoft's business data catalog makes it easy to surface external data inside a portal experience. For instance, you can create an XML definition file that defines the mapping between SharePoint and your external data so that it can be rendered in a Web Part, used as a column within a list, and even integrated into search.


Though BDC in MOSS 2007 enabled connectivity to external systems, it was difficult to create solutions due to lack of a designer. Moreover, though BDC made it relatively easy to create read-only solutions that display data in the Business Data List Web Part, it was not so simple to create a solution that enabled users to make changes and write that data back to the external store.


Consequently, Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 came into picture as a savior! Business Connectivity Services is all about connecting to external data. Business Connectivity Services enhances the capabilities of SharePoint Server with out-of-box features, services, and tools that streamline development of solutions with deep integration of external data and services. Business Connectivity Services is build upon its BDC predecessor in the key areas of presentation, connectivity, tooling and lifecycle management. In SharePoint 2010, it's easy to create an external content type with SharePoint Designer, create an external list in SharePoint's Web user interface, and take the list offline into Outlook as a set of contacts. Also, you can make updates to contacts in Outlook that will cause the data in the external system to update as well.


Key Components that comprises Business Connectivity Services include the following:


o BDC Metadata Store – The BDC Metadata Store provides storage for a collection of external content types, each of which describes how to connect to the external store. The Metadata Store acts as part of the services layer. External content types are a fundamental building block of business connectivity services
o BDC Server Runtime – The BDC Server Runtime understands how to reach into the back-end store and connect to data based on the external content types defined within the content type store. It's important to note the new usage of the acronym BDC to refer to the set of services that provides connectivity that is a component of business connectivity services
o Security – Business Connectivity Services provide integration with the Secure Store Service (SSS), as well as enable your own security model
o Solution Packaging – Solutions built with Business Connectivity Services can be packaged as a Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) package to be delivered to a rich client, including SharePoint Workspace, Outlook and Word. Business connectivity services also exposes APIs to extend solution packaging to target additional clients
o Out of Box UI – Business Connectivity Services carry forward the ability to display external data through a Web Part UI and provides deeper integration through the addition of external lists.
o BDC Client Runtime – A symmetrical runtime is provided for client and server, enabling you to take solutions offline with a client-side cache and to connect and push changes back to the server in a consistent manner. Use of the BDC Client Runtime enables offline operations, interacting with the external data cache.
o Design Tools – SharePoint Designer provides a wealth of out-of-box functionality for creating business connectivity services solutions, including the ability to define external content types and external lists, and to define InfoPath forms to surface the data to create simple solutions. Visual Studio provides the ability for the professional developer to extend those capabilities to create advanced solutions while leveraging the existing framework.


All in all, you would have a great experience using this SharePoint family of products. Also, take advantage of free SharePoint templates or web parts included along with these products.



Adrian Gates (sales@apps4rent.com) is a Business Manager with Apps4Rent which offers hosted Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and MOSS 2007.

Monday, November 20, 2017

OLAP server, the server to online analytical processing

OLAP server, the server to online analytical processing

Online analytical servers or OLAP server gives the users the ability to have an all-round access to the vast quantity if available information in a business. The type of format used is multidimensional data which is again known as cube. These cubes arranges for the systematic arrangement of the information. They have the capability to arrange huge amounts of information. This quality facilitates the systematic arrangement of business and its successful operation too.


Large business houses and their executives need an over all view of all the information available in the business to take quick decision. This needs better systematic arrangement rather than the risk taking factor. OLAP servers are a ready solution to this problem. They give a quick access to the already arranged data. OLAP servers are made in this way to give all the above mentioned works.


ONLINE ANALYTICAL PROCESSING SERVERS have the benefits from different direction which are:-


• A consistent arrangement of OLAP cubes are provided through the process of a transparent and integrated ETL language. • Systematic business with intelligent application is also applied through the ONLINE ANALYTICAL PROCESSING SERVER. • The information technology is also saved from the harassing elements of creating various data summaries and data reports.


This is an online application which allows us to solve our problem. It is also a customized application which means that it is user friendly. We are freed from the harassing use of the complicated information technology.


ONLINE ANALYTICAL PROCESSING SERVER is used in multi dimensional client usage process. They are XMLA/ MDX complementary and can access information from a large amount of information front end which are in XMLA format. The ONLINE ANALYTICAL PROCESSING SERVERS have a memory which is powered by java and therefore it helps in better calculation and storage of information. It is also enabled with supporting a huge database that include JDBC database, flat files, excel sheets, XML sheets etc.


An online search of the OLAP server will enable the users with a better idea and a deeper knowledge of the various technique used in the OLAP server.



Carlos Quijada is an IT professional associated with the field since the last 20 years. His core area of specialization is programming. Beside working with one of the leading IT services, he writes about technology and its benefits, OLAP server.




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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Local Verses Hosted Exchange Server Cost Comparison

Local Verses Hosted Exchange Server Cost Comparison

Let's have a closer look at the breakdown of the costs of a local exchange server vs a hosted exchange service for an organization with 25 users. Please note that all pricing is for New Zealand in New Zealand dollars.


Hosted Exchange Costs


Setup


$ 100 one off per user cost to migrate all emails data to the new hosted exchange environment and setting up users new exchange email.


Monthly Cost


$ 23 per user per month, which includes spam protection (users can be added or removed as required)


$ 17 per domain per month, domain name hosting i.e. www.yourdomain.co.nz


So total first year cost for 25 users/email addresses is fixed at $ 9604 and then $ 7104 per year.


Local Exchange Server Costs


With a local hosted server the costs would hugely vary depending on whether you are going budget or purchasing high quality equipment and services. Therefore I have included a range, the reason being you can go cheap i.e. use second hand hardware, used a low skilled IT technician however these are false economies and it generally will end up costing you more in time and hassle fixing the shortcuts that were taken in the future.


Setup


A Server $ 4,000-$ 10,000


Backup hardware/software $ 2,000-$ 6,000


UPS $ 500-$ 1000 (stops your server being blown up with a power spike or power failure)


Microsoft Exchange Software & Licensing $ 6,100


Warranty $ 500-$ 1,000


Technician to setup $ 2,000-$ 6,000


Ongoing Costs


Backups & Restores $ 5,000-$ 10,000/year (1Hr/week either you or your staff charged at $ 100/hr)


SLA $ 500-$ 2,000/year


Fixed IP Address $ 240/year


Power $ 300-$ 400/year


Spam Protection $ 600-$ 2000/year


Domain $ 200/year


So total 1st year cost for a local exchange server setup will be between $ 22,000-$ 45,000 please note that does not include; technician time to perform updates, technician time to perform backups and restores when you or your staff can't do it, repair failed hardware, software upgrades or the fact that server hardware generally last between 3-5 years where you would have to go through the whole process of a new server and licensing expense again.


When you compare the costs over a 3 year period there really is no choice. To have a local server can vary wildly from $ 35,000-$ 75,000 whereby the cost of having a hosted exchange solutions for the same period will be fixed at approximately $ 23,812


(please note all costs are approximate, excluding GST and vary across different providers)



Dan Ballard is a Technology Writer and a IT Business Development Manager. He specializes in showing businesses and organization how to make the best use of technology.