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Microsoft Silverlight 5 Data and Services Cookbook by Kevin Dockx, Gill Cleeren

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Accessing a database in the cloud

Applies to Silverlight 3, 4 and 5

Cloud computing is a hot topic nowadays. Microsoft introduced Windows Azure as its cloud platform a couple of years ago, and we are starting to see a lot of businesses moving their applications and data to the cloud.

Windows Azure itself is a combination of several components. We can host services in the cloud as a Hosted Service (the component is often referred to as Windows Azure Compute). An implementation of SQL server in the cloud, namely SQL Azure is a second component part of the Azure platform. Azure Storage is another component, which offers us (nearly) unlimited storage of files and non-relational data. Other components, such as the Service Bus and Access Control ...

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