Dot Net Solutions: Case Study

Dot Net Solutions has leveraged the power, flexibility, security and reliability of Microsoft's Windows Azure platform to create cloud based infrastructure solutions for a variety of clients with a host of different needs.

Global Clients, Global Solutions

Dot Net is a relatively small developer, with only 20 staff, yet it works with some of the largest organizations in the world. Clients large and small come to Dot Net expecting business solutions that can add customer value, boost efficiency and expand their target markets.

A large, multinational retailer was looking to launch a new global customer loyalty portal. The company had invested heavily ina large-scale, on-premises Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution. In order to build the required customer portal, significant investment would have been required to make it fault-tolerant and highly-available. Building a global platform would also be very time consuming. Dot Net Solutions believed there was a better way and by using the Windows Azure platform to publish this information, significant savings could be made.

360 lifecycle, a leading independent software vendor wanted to increase the reach of its software to the financial services sector. Its on-premises deployment model was making adoption difficult, extending sales timelines, and limiting the company's ability to grow. By delivering the solution from Windows Azure it has been able to significantly grow its business, whilst improving performance, security and reliability.

Enteraction, part of one of the UK's leading media companies, wanted to build a platform to deliver social games to its portfolio of well-known brands. The challenge with social games is they can experience massive load, often with short lifetimes of months or weeks.

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Microsoft was looking for a killer application to showcase the power of Azure. Dot Net Solutions' Wikipedia Explorer looked like a great candidate. Wikipedia Explorer uses an advanced spider's web visualisation to show how documents interrelate to each other. The application was re-engineered so that instead of downloading content on the fly, which was slow and clunky, it was possible to download and pre-process the entire database. On a single server this would have taken six months. With Azure's ability to rapidly scale-up to deal with peak compute requirements, the same output was achieved in less than 48 hours.

With almost all of Dot Net's clients actively investigating the applicability of Cloud to their business, it's vital to have platforms and tools it can rely on to produce a simple, reliable and cost-effective end result. It's also vital the platform works with familiar tools and languages, limiting re-engineering and training.

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