August 13, 2014


The EC2 Cloud Compute offering allows customers to create virtual machines in the cloud on demand and pay for the length of time the machine runs. Customers can create and manage instances, their configuration and security using the browser EC2 Management Console. For use with QlikView a customer would create a Windows instance with sufficient resources and install QlikView onto that Windows host and make it available through the EC2 firewall.

Microsoft offer through its Azure product a Platform as a Service. While they do offer a hosted Virtual Machine capability the core is based around the dynamic hosting of web applications and SQL databases. The intention is that the customer doesn’t have to touch the Windows operating system that runs either the application or the database.
A web role is intended to host a web based application within IIS (Internet Information Services) on a Windows Server. To package QlikView into a web role the package must run the installer silently and then use the management API to license and configure the server. This style of deployment is well suited to deploying a configurable and packaged QlikView environment and so may appeal best to QlikView partners wanting to offer a similar offering to their customers. Once packaged a fully functional QlikView Server can be made available within 10 minutes and the same package could be used to deploy multiple servers with different configurations. The Azure platform provides a number of features under its Access Control Service (ACS) which allows customers to integrate applications with standards-based identity providers, including enterprise directories such as Active Directory, and web identities such as Windows Live ID, Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook. There are a range of examples provided by Microsoft also.

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