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10 days Windows Azure Series - Day 1 - Introduction to Windows Azure

Welcome to the series of article on Windows Azure, in this series we are going to see what Windows Azure is and some of the components that are basically needed to start developing your application that supports Microsoft Windows Azure or migrate your existing application to the Windows Azure with some steps to make the compatibility for the application to run on the cloud. Before we step into Windows Azure, we need to understand what a cloud is.

Cloud computing in simple terms is providing resources, which can compute based on the application need, and stores the data on the internet scalable data center’s instead of storing them on premises. Cloud computing is more scalable and secure so that we can virtualize the servers and the services on demand instead of buying the costly hardware and laying the infrastructure with more costly resources.         [more]

Cloud Computing has now became a challenge for the Architects and Administrators to make how the infrastructure exactly going to be on how to manage the application on the cloud, and how to design, configure and scale the application to be available on the cloud without any hassle. As an end user the consumers will not have much control on to check on which environment the application is running on when the consumer access the application or the service from the Desktop or a browser or even from a mobile device. So the complete idea behind the Cloud is to pay for the resources that are been used on the go instead of investing a huge amount of money on the infrastructure. 

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About Author: Karthikeyan Anbarasan, Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in ASP.NET/IIS Architecture. He is the Founder and Chief Editor of the www.f5debug.net website and has authored books on Windows Phone and Business Intelligence(SSIS). He is also a Passionate Speaker and a Blogger on Microsoft Technologies.

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