Cloud providers offer various solutions that make everyday tasks much easier and provide support for fast and short-term demands. In the Microsoft environment, one of these is TFS, the Microsoft Team Foundation Server. TFS is the central point for controlling tasks and software-related management and fully supports application lifecycle management. Microsoft offers a cloud version of TFS entitled Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). It is always in line with the latest developments and is regularly and automatically updated. Backup and recovery are also included. This allows you to concentrate fully on your core tasks.
VSTS can do even more in combination with Microsoft Azure . If you want to build or test a checked-in source code, you can do it in the cloud – quickly and inexpensively. To this purpose build servers or test environments can be used in the cloud. This means you are prepared for continuous integration and continuous deployment from the outset. Your applications are built, tested and rolled out without anyone having to manually create, set up or maintain a virtual machine (VM). And you only pay for what you need.
You naturally want to supply your customers with error-free, tested software. Microsoft Azure combined with the Visual Studio Team Services also supplies efficient services in this respect. A full-featured test environment is then provided by means of a wide range of test types and the support of various frameworks and tools. Everything from small-scale, fully automated unit tests to large-scale load tests with the simulation of millions of requests is possible.
Development in the cloud: All theadvantages at a glance
- Faster and simpler access to the central services (TFS / VSTS) for you, all stakeholders and your customers.
- No bottlenecks as the necessary resources are quickly made available.
- Pay-as-you-use: You only pay for what you really need.
- Scalability: Your environment grows with your needs / challenges.
- Low prices. The service is even free of charge for small teams of up to five people.
Everything is in favor of making use of the cloud for software development. Your IT team can focus on its core tasks while Microsoft Azure does the rest. Just try it! Your development teams will thank you with higher productivity and a great deal of appreciation.