GMA Announces SharePoint Azure Accelerator

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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 release of its accelerator capability for the deployment of SharePoint 2010 on the Windows Azure cloud platform.

GMA Consulting is a leader in advanced Microsoft SharePoint 2010 solutions. Now, in a natural progression, GMA has developed capabilities to allow SharePoint to be hosted on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform.

“SharePoint is a collaboration platform and as such is a natural fit with rollout via the cloud. Our custom components, which are integrated with the Azure re-imaging process, make the rapid and stable deployment of SharePoint on Azure a reality.” said Ben Grey, a Director at GMA Consulting.

Business managers will value the substantial cost saving available through the use of Azure hosting. “The monthly cost of hosting a simple instance of SharePoint on Azure, assuming a single small compute instance with 50gb of storage, is approximately GBP 60-70 (EUR 70-80) per month. This figure is probably 10-20% of the cost of hosting with a traditional hosting company” said Grey.

IT managers will, in addition to the lower costs, value the rapid deployment and scalability that cloud-based capabilities offer.

Grey finished by saying “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 are confident that this ‘sweet spot’ of SharePoint and Azure will deliver to our customers the ability to rapidly roll out wide-scale collaboration functionality whilst minimising their IT infrastructure costs.”

Organisations interested in learning more can contact GMA Consulting on +44 (0)20 7960 2880 or via http://www.gmaconsulting.com/contact-us.

Note to Editors – The deployment of SharePoint in Azure should not be confused with SharePoint Online which is part of Microsoft’s Office365 offering.

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 is commercially available in 41 countries and enables developers to build, host and scale applications in Microsoft data centres located around the world. It includes Windows Azure, which offers developers an Internet-scale hosting environment with a runtime execution environment for managed code, and SQL Azure, which is a highly available and scalable cloud database service built on SQL Server technologies. Developers can use existing skills with Visual Studio, .NET, Java, PHP and Ruby to quickly build solutions, with no need to buy servers or set up a dedicated infrastructure, and with automated service management to help protect against hardware failure and downtime associated with platform maintenance.
For more information please visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure

For the Windows Azure Pricing Calculator visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/pricing-calculator

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.
For more information please visit http://sharepoint.microsoft.com

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