[Ongoing series of blog posts to
inform potential developers, users and (hopefully investors) about this new app
ecosystem I am architecting, designing, developing and deploying. More details
at this page]
I have been
working on Project TD
for about 55 days now. It has been an interesting experience because of what
came before Project TD, and the incredible potential TD holds, if it should be
fully realized as per its original vision.
Day 55 is
also significant in many ways because, till now, most of the blog posts have
been about explaining the concept, the design and the work process. All this is
good, and obviously essential. If one were to compare this to a vacation, then,
till now, I have been mostly planning the vacation. Deciding on the places to
hit, the modes of travel, the clothes to pack, accessories being purchased and
so on. It’s all happening in the drawing room. It’s like the first half of a
are getting real. The vacation is planned. The places chosen. It’s time to step
out of the comfort of the home and go outside. Time to carry out the heist, and
I guess, I am stealing knowledge, to complete the metaphor.
last couple of months, I have spent a small fortune (to be honest, it’s a lot of
money for a small time businessman such as myself) in setting up all the necessary
hardware. I have got the computers, power supply, mobile devices, tablets,
office space and everything else. In each case, I also had to invest in a
backup system, which simply multiplied the cost by 2. All this is the ‘planning
these ideas must become real, and the services must run on the cloud. The cloud
is the backbone. The cloud is where Project TD will live. I have been using
Microsoft Azure for a little over 5 years now. However, I have only been using
it in bits and pieces. To host a website here, run a mobile data service there,
setup a notification center here, host a virtual machine to test an application
and so on. None of them were related to each other, so it wasn’t a complicated
system. Project TD though, by any measure, a complicated system. It will push
my ability to harness the power of the cloud to levels I have never done
before. Almost every part of this system can be automated, post deployment. I
will taking advantage of that too and see how far ahead automation has come.
monetary cost! Man, I have going to be paying huge bills for at least the next
cost – time and money – is huge, I am convinced that the cloud thing is pretty
much in place now. As the amount of data people consume is only going to
increase, the requirement for cloud services will only increase. Project TD
will help me figure out how to make multiple cloud components work with each
other in a rather complicated system. By extension, this should provide me insight into what is best
fit for the cloud and what are not.
I will be
the first to admit that Microsoft Azure is expensive when compared to Amazon
and Google. However, I find that Azure has a lot better support to Visual
Studio, which is a deal maker for me. Microsoft is one of the big dogs (if not
the biggest dog) in the cloud business, and they are constantly adding new
stuff to their cloud services.
Dear Mr. Azure, don’t let me down man.
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