GMA launches new website built on SharePoint 2010 and hosted in Windows Azure

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GMA Consulting, the London-based IT consultancy specialising in the design, development and implementation of solutions using Microsoft technologies, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website which utilises Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010 collaboration application and is hosted on the Windows Azure cloud platform using GMA’s SharePoint Azure Accelerator capability.

GMA Consulting is a leader in advanced Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure solutions. GMA is pleased to announce the launch of its new website which is built on SharePoint and hosted in Azure.

“By building our website using SharePoint and hosting it in Azure we are amply demonstrating the capability of our Azure Accelerator components which allows SharePoint to be hosted natively in Azure and to resume operation post an Azure re-imaging event. The website is a critical part of our business so by hosting it in Azure we really are putting our money where our mouth is.” said Ben Grey, a Director at GMA Consulting.

Grey continued “Cloud computing is a major trend in IT and we are delighted that we are at the cutting edge of exploiting this new technology. We believe that running our own website on SharePoint and hosting it in Azure will demonstrate the cost effectiveness and stability of cloud-based applications using these technologies.”

The costs of a SharePoint-based website or similar application hosted in Azure can be kept very low as the minimum requirements are:

  • SharePoint Foundation 2010 (free download)
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition (free download)
  • Windows Azure small compute instance with 50gb of storage - approx £60-70 per month.
  • Windows External Connector License (only needed if authentication to the site is required) – approximately £2,000.

Organisations interested in learning more can visit

Alternatively they can contact GMA Consulting on +44 (0)20 7960 2880 or email info(at)gmaconsulting(dot)com

About GMA Consulting
GMA Consulting is a London-based IT consultancy specialising in the design, development and implementation of solutions using Microsoft technologies. Our goal is to help our clients run their operations more effectively and efficiently through the implementation of collaborative-working functionality utilising Microsoft-based technologies centred around the SharePoint platform.

About Windows Azure
The Windows Azure platform provides developers with the functionality to build and manage complete and compelling cloud-based applications which are hosted in geographically distributed Microsoft data centres. Azure provides customers with significant benefits in administration, availability and scalability.

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About Microsoft SharePoint
SharePoint is the Business Collaboration Platform for the Enterprise and the Web. SharePoint enables organisations to connect and empower people through an integrated set of rich features. It facilitates business collaboration in the broadest sense and helps collegues, partners, and customers to work together in new and effective ways. SharePoint's integrated suite of capabilities includes:

  • Workflow
  • Business intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Portals
  • Enterprise search
  • Content management

For IT professionals, SharePoint helps to drive productivity by offering an array of enhancements, scalable unified infrastructure, and flexible deployment options.
For developers, SharePoint provides a robust development platform to rapidly build solutions and respond to business needs. Developers can use familiar tools like Microsoft Visual Studio and SharePoint Designer.
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