Concept Of SharePoint Apps And Microsoft Azure
SharePoint and Azure are two platforms unto themselves. Undoubtedly, SharePoint is one of the leading server productivity platforms from Microsoft. Its also popular as the collaborative platform available for the enterprise and Web.
Azure is Microsoft’s operating system available in the Cloud. Separately, both SharePoint and Azure have their own strengths, developer following and market viability.
Collectively, these provide several powerful benefits. These are-
- They help to expand how & where you can deploy your code & data.
- These increase different opportunities to take full advantage of Microsoft Azure while also reducing the storage & failover costs linked with on-premises applications at the same time.
- These provide you with brand new business models & offerings that you can offer your customers for increasing your own solution offerings.
In MS SharePoint 2010, Azure and SharePoint used to be two distinct platforms & technologies, which could be easily integrated. However, these were not a part of same system.
In SharePoint 2013, this thing has changed.
SharePoint 2013 brings into picture different cloud applications. You can build two different types of Azure integrated applications – Autohosted and Provider-hosted . A major difference between these two application types is –
Autohosted applications support a full set of Azure features natively including Web Sites and SQL Database. On the other hand, Provider-hosted applications integrate with a much broader set of web technologies & standards, one of which is Azure.