Date Published: 12/6/2011
Windows Azure Architecture Guide Part 1 HOL.Source.EXE, 4.2 MB
This series of Hands-On Labs is related to the guide "Moving Applications to the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform" available from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff728592.aspx. The individual labs correlate with the chapters of the guide, and demonstrate or expand upon the techniques shown in the guide. The Labs are designed to enhance your understanding of the Windows Azure platform through practical, hands-on work with the complete, sample aExpense application developed by the fictitious Adatum company.
How to build applications to be scalable and have high availability? Along with developing the applications, you must also have an infrastructure that can support them. You may need to add servers or increase the capacities of existing ones, have redundant hardware, add logic to the application to handle distributed computing, and add logic for failovers. You have to do this even if an application is in high demand for only short periods of time.
The cloud offers a solution to this dilemma. The cloud is made up of interconnected servers located in various data centers. However, you see what appears to be a centralized location that someone else hosts and manages. By shifting the responsibility of maintaining an infrastructure to someone else, you're free to concentrate on what matters most: the application.
This book is the first volume in a series about the Windows® Azure™ platform. It demonstrates how you can adapt an existing, on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud. The book is intended for any architect, developer, or information technology (IT) professional who designs, builds, or operates applications and services that are appropriate for the cloud. This book is primarily written for people who work with Windows-based systems. You should be familiar with the Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Visual Studio®, ASP.NET, SQL Server and Microsoft Visual C#®.
Cloud now or cloud later, but clouds are coming... So getting up to speed sooner or later probably isn't an option. This guide seems to be one that might help...
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