Here is some recommended reading:
Introduction .NET Services Platform
Access Control Service
SQL Data Services
Mesh-enabled web applications
Introducing Windows Azure
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/C/0/0C051A30-F863-47DF-BC53-9C3CFA88E3CA/Windows Azure David Chappell White Paper March 09.pdf
Intro to .NET Services
The Fabric was explained early on. The fabric controller coordinates this pool of servers. The fabric controller talks to the Agent, which is a piece of code running in a pool of servers.
The code we will create is a web role.
Some people believe .NET Services are the most interesting part of the Azure services platform.
High level goal for .NET Services
Biztalk for the cloud.
The Microsoft® .NET Access Control Service helps you avoid the complicated programming that is normally required to secure applications that extend beyond organizational boundaries. With its support for a simple declarative model of rules and claims, Access Control Service rules can easily and flexibly be configured to cover a variety of security needs and different identity-management infrastructures.
The Microsoft .NET Service Bus makes it easy to connect applications together over the Internet. Services that register on the Bus can easily be discovered and accessed, across any network topology. The Service Bus provides the familiar Enterprise Service Bus application pattern, while helping to solve some of the hard issues that arise when implementing this pattern across network, security, and organizational boundaries, at Internet-scale.
The Microsoft .NET Workflow Service is a high-scale host for running workflows in the cloud. It provides a set of activities optimized for sending, receiving, and manipulating HTTP and Service Bus messages; a set of hosted tools to deploy, manage and track the execution of workflow instances; and a set of management API's. Workflows can be constructed using the familiar Visual Studio 2008 Workflow Designer.
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