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- The Microsoft Azure Platform is a cloud platform
- Azure and the available technologies enable developers to build, host and scale applications.
- Microsoft provides development and infrastructure tools for software houses.
- “Windows Azure” became commercially available on 1 Feb 2010. The name was clanged later.
- Azure engagement requires no up-front expenses, no long term commitment, and enable you to pay only for the resources you use.
Azure Architecture Overview
Windows Azure has three core components:
As the names suggest, Compute provides a computation environment with
- Web Role
- and Worker Role
Storage focuses on providing scalable storage (Blobs, Tables, Queue, Drives) for large-scale needs.
- Windows Azure Fabric makes up the physical underpinnings of the Windows Azure platform as the network of interconnected nodes consisting of servers, high-speed connections, and switches.
- Compute and Storage components are part of the Fabric.
- Fabric resources and applications and services running on those resources are managed by the Windows Azure Fabric Controller service.
- The official website: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/
ABBYY SDKs on Azure
ABBYY offers all the different OCR SDKs for the Windows operating system.
- Starting with FineReader Engine 10 Release 3 (07/2011) the SDK
- can be installed on Microsoft Azure
- the licensing subsystem is also able to detect Azure
- Starting with FlexiCapture Engine 9.0 Release 3 (11/2011) Azure is also supported
- Licensing for the Cloud
- Per default Azure support is not part of the default feature set of the development and runtime licences
- If you plan to test/port your application to Azure, please contact ABBYY Europe to receive a test license key.
- ABBYY knows that the default licensing scheme that works on single machines or LANs can not be applied 1:1 to Cloud installations
- Please share your future business model plans with ABBYY – we will see how we can work together in this new area.
- Read more:
ABBYY OCR Service powered by Azure
- Since February 2012 ABBYY started with a new Service on Microsoft Azure: ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK
- ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK is a OCR service with API, so that developers can easily integrate OCR and document conversion in their applications and services.
- Status: Released July 2012 - Read more...
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