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Moving Applications to the Cloud on the Microsoft Azure™ Platform by Matias Woloski, Masashi Narumoto, Ryan Dunn, Scott Densmore, Dominic Betts, Eugenio Pace

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Chapter 1. Introduction to the Windows Azure Platform

The Microsoft® Windows® Azure™ technology platform provides on-demand, cloud-based computing, where the cloud is a set of interconnected computing resources located in one or more data centers. Currently, the Windows Azure platform is available in data centers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Developers can use the cloud to deploy and run applications and to store data. On-premises applications can still use cloud–based resources. For example, an application located on an on-premises server, a rich client that runs on a desktop computer, or one that runs on a mobile device can use storage that is located on the cloud.

The Windows Azure platform abstracts hardware resources through virtualization. ...

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