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Running SmartConnector as a WebApp in Azure or AWS or in Docker
Would it be possible to run or publish an instance of the SmartConnector as a web application in Azure or AWS? By that i mean, without running up an actual VM, but instead running it as an app? What our client is asking for is the ability to host a REST API in the cloud that their tenants can use to access data, with a 'backend' connection to site. The reason for this is physical separation between the site and the client end point, with a firewall in between the two. I think the SmartConnector REST API would be ideal for this, but as far as i know, it has to be 'installed' on a server. Is it too much of a jump to be able to install it in a docker? I believe this would be easier to manage and cheaper to run.
I am not aware of anyway to deploy Smart Connector to Azure or AWS without creating a cloud based VM. Since it runs as a windows service, and requires a database (although you can likely make it connect to a cloud based SQL database easy enough).
As far as docker, I think it is possible to run windows service's in docker containers, but I have not done that myself, so I am not sure what it would take to do so.