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Windows Azure™ Step by Step by Roberto Brunetti

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Cloud Computing

After completing this chapter, you will be able to

  • Differentiate between IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS.

  • Understand the approach Microsoft has chosen for its cloud strategy.

  • Understand the basics of the Windows Azure platform.

This book is based on my personal experience in learning about, teaching, and developing cloud-based solutions that take advantage of the various components of the Windows Azure platform, which consists of Windows Azure Compute, Windows Azure Storage, Windows Azure AppFabric, and Microsoft SQL Azure. This chapter introduces the cloud computing philosophy that is the basis for any cloud-based project.

The home page for Windows Azure (Microsoft Corporation, Windows Azure website, 2011, http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/ ...

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