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A new post on the Interoperability team blog outlines a use case showcasing a new plugin for
WordPress that enables users to use Windows Azure Storage Service to host media
for a WordPress powered blog. The plugin, developed by Microsoft, is now available
as an open source project from the WordPress repository.
Register for your Windows
Azure account (try for free till July 31, 2010 with the Introductory Special),
install the plugin, and get started!
About Windows Azure Storage
Windows Azure Storage
enables applications to store and manipulate large objects and files in the
cloud via blobs, manipulate service state via tables, and provide reliable
delivery of messages using queues. You can read more about Windows Azure Storage here.
If you want to manage your
media (images or any file offered for download) in a consistent way and share
them across multiple websites then you might want to consider using Windows
Azure Storage blobs. Windows Azure includes a service called Windows Azure Content
Delivery Network (CDN) which offers developers a solution for delivering
high-bandwidth content. Windows Azure CDN has currently 18 locations globally
(United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America). Windows Azure CDN
caches your Windows Azure blobs at strategically placed locations to provide
maximum bandwidth for delivering your content to users. The benefit of using a
CDN is better performance and experience for users who are farther from the
source of the content stored in the Windows Azure Storage blobs. You can read more on MSDN here.