This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here. This one deals with what an Architect needs to know about Windows Azure.

 

General Architectural Guidance

Overview and general  information about Azure - what it is, how it works, and where you can learn more.

Cloud Computing, A Crash Course for Architects (Video)

http://www.msteched.com/2010/Europe/ARC202

Patterns and Practices for Cloud Development

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff898430.aspx

Design Patterns, Anti-Patterns and Windows Azure

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ignitionshowcase/archive/2010/11/27/design-patterns-anti-patterns-and-windows-azure.aspx

Application Patterns for the Cloud

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kashif/archive/2010/08/07/application-patterns-for-the-cloud.aspx

Architecting Applications for High Scalability (Video)

http://www.msteched.com/2010/Europe/ARC309

Windows Azure Internals by Mark Russanovich (Video and PPT available)

http://player.microsoftpdc.com/Session/18a38105-520f-486a-9e04-d956736e506d 

Cloud Application Architecture Patterns (Video)

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bobfamiliar/archive/2010/10/19/cloud-application-architecture-patterns-by-david-platt.aspx

Video Tourof the Microsoft Datacenters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOxA1l1pQIw&feature=player_embedded

Key Differences Between Public and Private Clouds

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kadriu/archive/2010/10/24/key-differences-between-public-and-private-clouds.aspx

Microsoft Application Platform at a Glance

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jmeier/archive/2010/10/30/microsoft-application-platform-at-a-glance.aspx

Designing for Cloud Optimized Architecture

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dachou/archive/2011/01/23/designing-for-cloud-optimized-architecture.aspx 

Example Application for Windows Azure

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff966482.aspx

Implementation Guidance

Practical applications for the architect to consider

5 Enterprise steps for adopting a Platform as a Service

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/davidmcg/archive/2010/12/02/5-enterprise-steps-for-adopting-a-platform-as-a-service.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0

Performance-Based Scaling in Windows Azure

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg232759.aspx

Windows Azure Guidance for the Development Process

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/eugeniop/archive/2010/04/01/windows-azure-guidance-development-process.aspx

Microsoft Developer Guidance Maps

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jmeier/archive/2010/10/04/developer-guidance-ia-at-a-glance.aspx

How to Build a Hybrid On-Premise/In Cloud Application

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ignitionshowcase/archive/2010/11/09/how-to-build-a-hybrid-on-premise-in-cloud-application.aspx

Practical Windows Azure Design Patterns

http://azuredesignpatterns.com/

Slides and Links for Windows Azure Platform Best Practices

http://geekswithblogs.net/iupdateable/archive/2010/09/29/slides-and-links-for-windows-azure-platform-best-practices-for.aspx

AppFabric Architecture and Deployment Topologies guide

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/appfabriccat/archive/2010/09/10/appfabric-architecture-and-deployment-topologies-guide-now-available-via-microsoft-download-center.aspx

Windows Azure Platform Appliance

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/appliance/

Integrating Cloud Technologies into Your Organization

Interoperability with Open Source and other applications; business and cost decisions

Interoperability Labs at Microsoft

http://www.interoperabilitybridges.com/

Windows Azure Service Level Agreements

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/sla/