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Windows Azure™ Step by Step by Roberto Brunetti

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Chapter 2. Introduction to the Windows Azure Platform

After completing this chapter, you will be able to

  • Understand the basic workings of the Windows Azure platform.

  • Create a service.

  • Understand Worker Roles.

  • Understand Virtual Machine Roles.

  • Describe the purpose and architecture of Windows Azure AppFabric.

  • Know how SQL Azure fits into the overall picture.

Chapter 1, discussed the general concepts and ideas that underlie Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and infrastructure. The following excerpt from the Windows Azure website (Microsoft Corporation, Windows Azure website, 2011, http://www.azure.com) describes how the Windows Azure platform meets the needs of developers. The first two sentences recall what Chapter 1 explained: you pay only for what ...

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