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Windows Azure Programming Patterns for Start-ups by Riccardo Becker

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Traffic Manager

The Windows Azure Traffic Manager (WATM) enables you to configure and control how user traffic is distributed to your hosted services. You can use the Traffic Manager to create an application that services users all around the world while still upholding performance and availability and being robust and resilient. Based on a policy that you configure, the WATM routes traffic to the correct hosted service. Under the hood, DNS is used to route traffic to the correct service, and the WATM is not an additional entity that sits in the middle of all that user traffic. The WATM is enabled and configured from the Windows Azure portal. In the following diagram, the process of routing traffic is displayed:

The detailed flow is as follows: ...

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