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Windows Azure Data Storage by Bruce Johnson

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INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS AZURE DATA STORAGE

Windows Azure has had a brief, yet interesting history. Originally pitched as Microsoft’s new operating system, it was launched to great fanfare. Though its acceptance was not initially overwhelming, the functionality that it offered was of interest in certain areas of IT operation and development. More importantly, it continued to grow. Over time, more and more features were added and Microsoft put the infrastructure in place necessary to support these features.

June 2012 was the real turning point for Windows Azure. A major announcement introduced a number of new and very compelling features. From websites to virtual machines to hybrid networking solutions, the reasons for people to pay attention to Windows Azure increased significantly. From that moment, Microsoft has not slowed down the pace.

The biggest challenge faced by Windows Azure is now recognition. Many developers are either unaware of the features that are provided, or still relate to it as solely by the Operating System label under which it was first released. The purpose of this book (and indeed, the purpose of the Windows Azure series of books that is published by Wiley) is to change that perception. The data storage capabilities provided by Windows Azure covers a wide range of functionality, from traditional SQL to no-SQL models. It even includes message queues and a Publish and Subscribe service. By presenting a complete look at what Windows Azure Data Services provides, ...

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