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Windows Azure Programming Patterns for Start-ups by Riccardo Becker

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Core components of Windows Azure

Windows Azure is often referred to as a platform, but what is actually inside that platform? As you have seen in the previous sections, Windows Azure offers a place where you can run your website, but during the evolution of the platform, more and more features were added. Beside running a client-facing Internet application, it also offers a place where you can run your application code that has no user interface at all (long-running computations or asynchronous tasks), It even offers the possibility of deploying a Windows Server 2008 R2 image to migrate your legacy applications to the cloud and offer the same level of scalability and availability. The underlying infrastructure of every type of role (web, worker, ...

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