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This is my first attempt at parsing and summarizing the Windows Azure Platform, so I expect it to evolve as I iterate on it.
The Windows Azure platform is a set of cloud computing services for creating and consuming cloud applications and services. The key components of the Windows Azure Platform are:
You can use the Windows Azure Platform from your applications running in the cloud and from on-premises applications. For example, you might access data in the cloud from an on-premises app, or you might access local user accounts from an app in the cloud.
Windows Azure Windows Azure provides compute, storage, and management through Microsoft data centers. The key components are:
For more on Windows Azure, see Windows Azure SDK (MSDN.)
SQL Azure SQL Azure provides cloud-based services for relational databases, reporting and analytics, and data synchronization. The main component is a SQL Azure Database:
For more information on SQL Azure, see SQL Azure (MSDN.)
App Fabric Windows Azure platform AppFabric (formerly called “.NET Services”) provides common application infrastructure services for distributed applications. The key components are:
For more on App Fabric, see App Fabric Service Bus (MSDN) and App Fabric Access Control (MSDN.)
For more information on the Windows Azure Platform, here are some of the main Azure starting points:
Very nice breakdown of Azure. MSDN Magazine has nice articles to for architects/developers to begin using Microsoft's fabric, but your blog does a better job at identifying all of the current pieces simply; it's consumable too!
I'll likely refer back to your blog when I finally finish a basic explanation of "the cloud".
Thank you. I figured it would help to share nuggets as I go to make it easy to follow and to get feedback as well.
I'll gradually take it deeper as I get further along.
Thanks! I can see now why people are comparing Windows Azure to Amazon's S3 offerings. I think the virtualization and storage options will be huge.