Every week, I hear of a new education customer who’s moved some part of their IT provision onto a Windows Azure cloud service. Sometimes it’s been the move of a complete service – like cloud-based email or collaboration tools – and other times it’s a part of the core IT infrastructure that’s supporting a specific application or business system.
The reasons that there are some many education users moving to the cloud seem to mainly be:
The conversation I’ve had with a few customers in education is not about the “Why?” of moving education services to the cloud, but the “How?”. What they want to know is how to practically plan and implement a cloud migration for a specific service, and what are the gotchas to be aware of. Until yesterday, I’d often refer them to other Windows Azure case studies, and recommend they have a chat with existing users here in Australia. But yesterday I came across a new set of resources that can help:
Our Patterns & Practices team, have just published the third volume of their Cloud Development series - ‘Building Hybrid Applications in the Cloud on Windows Azure’, which looks at applications spanning cloud and on-premise systems, and how to architect applications that exist partly in the cloud, and partly within your corporate network. The three volumes in the series are:
The latest guide describes how a fictitious corporation named Trey Research migrated its on-premises Orders application to a hybrid application that interacts with external transport partners using many features and services available in Windows Azure and SQL Azure. It also includes a series of appendices that document the use cases and challenges typically encountered in hybrid applications, and provide guidance on the technologies for addressing these challenges. It does it in a clear structure (see below) that tackles the tricky questions up front, and then talks about how to architect the system to address them.
The Patterns & Practices team is responsible for delivering applied engineering guidance that helps software architects, developers, and their teams take full advantage of Microsoft’s platform technologies in their custom application development efforts. The documentation is primarily intended for architects, developers, and IT professionals who design, build, or operate hybrid applications that need to integrate cloud and on-premises.
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