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Windows Azure Programming Patterns for Start-ups by Riccardo Becker

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Windows Azure Caching

Windows Azure offers caching capabilities out of the box. Caching is fast, because it is built as an in-memory (fast), distributed (running on different servers) technology.

Windows Azure Caching offers two types of cache:

  • Caching deployed on a role
  • Shared caching

When you decide to host caching on your Windows Azure roles, you need to pick from two deployment alternatives. The first is dedicated caching, where a worker role is fully dedicated to run as a caching store and its memory is used for caching. The second option is to create a co-located topology, meaning that a certain percentage of available memory in your roles is assigned and reserved to be used for in-memory caching purposes. Keep in mind that the second option ...

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