Today after some time I had a chance to play around with the new functionality of the Windows Azure Platform. One thing that interested me a lot was how easy it is actually to deploy an application in a hybrid scenario, which means that a part of the application stays on-premise (in a local environment) and a part of the application is deployed in the Public Cloud.
There are in general 2 options on how to achieve this with Windows Azure Platform:
So I tried it out and enrolled into the CTP for Windows Azure Connect and off I went. To be honest the whole setup took me less time than to write this blog post, so I guess it is awesomely easy and it works like a charm. And above all it is nicely documented in a Tutorial on the MSDN site.
My scenario was the following: I wanted a simple web application that would be exposed to the outside users, while also in an internal VPN network connected to my local PC (so i.e. you can imagine a web application that reaches out to your on-premise database). Here is the process I used to get to the final result:
And that is basically all there is to it! Really straightforward and working out of the box… Amazing!!!