As two of the latest additions to the Windows Azure platform, it's hard to think of any more widely anticipated features than VM role and Windows Azure Connect. However, they may also be the most misunderstood. In this chapter, I will help you understand why these features were released, what their purpose is, and the scenarios to which they do and do not apply.
Note As of the time of writing, both of these technologies are technically still in beta. Thus, they are not supported for production use. For announcements regarding production availability for his and other Azure feature, go to