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Windows Azure Programming Patterns for Start-ups by Riccardo Becker

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A quick start on Windows Azure

Windows Azure is about cloud computing. Cloud computing, though, is a vague description of different aspects. Windows Azure is actually a platform that is offered to you as a service (PaaS, meaning Platform as a Service). PaaS enables us to fully concentrate on the application itself and leave all the plumbing to the cloud provider, in this case Microsoft. PaaS offers the management of networking, storage, servers, virtualization, OS, databases, and runtimes. The only thing that's left is the actual application, and that is most important for us since the application is our added value.

How it works internally

Windows Azure runs in large datacenters all around the world. A datacenter is filled with containers, and ...

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