following is an excerpt from Achieve Agile Analytics at Scale with
Syncfusion, part of Syncfusion’s
collection of white papers. You can download the full white paper here, and
browse the entire library at the White
Paper section of Syncfusion’s Technology
Flexibility with Syncfusion
Microsoft provides an array of tools for Azure; however, the
company also welcomes and actively encourages enhancements made possible by its
partners. As a Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP), Syncfusion's
job is to provide value-added solutions. At Syncfusion, "value-added"
means proven components and frameworks, better developer productivity than is
possible natively, ease of use, and unmatched customization capabilities.
For example, Azure HDInsight is a fully-managed cloud Apache
Hadoop offering that provides optimized open source analytic clusters for
Spark, Hive, MapReduce, HBase, Storm, Kafka, and Microsoft R. To take advantage of it, developers have to
sacrifice some conveniences such as the ability to work and deploy applications
locally and remotely with equal ease. The Azure HDInsight Platform is built to
be a general purpose Apache Hadoop distribution. Syncfusion's Big Data and
Dashboard Platforms are purpose-built to make the data warehousing and Visual
Analytics use case as seamless and easy to use as possible.
simplicity. Syncfusion's Big Data and Dashboard Platforms are one-click
simple to deploy on Azure, so developers don't have to worry about
infrastructure details such as virtual machines and their configuration.
Syncfusion's Big Data and Dashboard Platforms provide unparalleled
customization capabilities so developers have complete, end-to-end control of
their application's big data and dashboarding capabilities, backed by the
stability and scalability of Azure. Developers benefit from fine-grain
customization capabilities right down to the widget level.
Syncfusion's Big Data and Dashboard Platforms provide greater flexibility than
other alternatives. An entire IDE that is purpose-built for working with big
data is included with the Syncfusion Big Data Platform. Developers can simply choose
to connect with the local cluster on their desktop or an Azure cluster simply
by clicking on one of the two options.
Syncfusion's extension model enables developers to use the custom dashboard components
and custom widgets Syncfusion builds in their environments. The widgets behave
like platform-native widgets.
Use-specific Configurability. Developers can create customized
dashboard platforms that suit a specific-need, whether that's company-specific,
industry-specific, or department-specific. These capabilities are ideal for
developers who want greater API-level access than HDInsight provides.
Open APIs. Syncfusion's Big Data and Dashboard Platforms
provide APIs developers can use to easily call and plug into their system.
Syncfusion's dashboarding capabilities can be built into solutions and deployed
as part of a custom platform a customer builds.
For example, a developer creating a CRM solution can deploy it side-by-side
with the custom dashboarding solution she built with Syncfusion's Dashboard
platform, seamlessly, on Azure. Without
that capability, developers using another solution such as Power BI have to
deploy that and their application separately.
While the Power BI reports are the same as they would be otherwise,
Power BI does not behave as if it were part of the application, which results in bifurcated user and developer
When the dashboard and application are deployed together, as
Syncfusion's Dashboard Platform enables, end customers benefit from a seamless,
unified experience. It's as if the application and the dashboard were built together
from the ground up.
In addition, Syncfusion end customers do not have to pay
licensing or use fees for the dashboard solution. This is a very important
aspect as few companies wish to task their customers with additional licensing
and payment requirements.
A breakthrough. Today's
developers don't have the luxury of building applications from scratch. To meet shrinking deadlines, they have to license
components or use open source components.
What developers haven't been able to do until now is snap an entire
platform into their application, which enables an entirely new level of
productivity. What's more, the application and the platform can share the same
back end and use the same authentication services.
licensing. When developers want to deploy their applications to the cloud
for scalability, they have to consider the licensing ramifications.
Syncfusion's licensing model is completely “scale-free,” so scale doesn't
matter. Developers can deploy their applications on-premises or in the cloud
without the hassle, cost, and potential risks of complicated licensing
models. There are no per-user,
per-developer, or per-server costs.
Syncfusion Understands Azure
Syncfusion is a long-time VSIP
and a constant contributor to Microsoft's vibrant developer ecosystem. We now offer more than 800 controls and
frameworks, platforms for big data processing, dashboards, reporting and
integration, and a predictive analytics tool.
All of Syncfusion's public-facing
infrastructure has been running on Azure for the past two years, so we
understand the native capabilities and limitations of the platform.
Azure provided a great system for dealing with our own
growth. It replaced all of the uncertainty and complexity that comes with
managing servers and other infrastructure with reliability and simplicity. Now
we can provision infrastructure on demand, and if an instance fails, we can
spin up another one, avoiding downtime. In addition, storage capacity is never
a concern because we have ready access to backup services.
Azure is an ideal platform for enterprises, enterprise
developers, and ISVs because it provides the stability and scalability they
require. Syncfusion has hands-on experience with Azure as a user and a
Microsoft VSIP. Our deep knowledge of the platform enables us to provide big
data processing and dashboard capabilities that are more flexible, powerful, and
easier to use than Azure's native capabilities.
Syncfusion has been one of the leading providers of
components for Microsoft platforms since 2001.
Today, we offer more controls and frameworks than ever and the tools
developers need to harness and drive business value from their data.