Here we examine the typical cloud platform architecture and some common architectural patterns, along with their implementation on the Windows Azure offering from Microsoft.
MSDN Magazine May 2009
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Learn all about Microsoft's Windows Azure platform at the architectural level and how it addresses enterprise cloud computing concerns including economics, security, storage and more. Included are an Azure pricing table and a sample cost calculator.
MSDN Magazine February 2010
Learn how to utilize elasticity-the ability to provision resources and remove them on the fly-to take full advantage of cloud computing.
MSDN Magazine November 2010
To better understand how SOA patterns can be applied to Windows Azure deployments, we walk you through a scenario in which a bank moves its services to the cloud.
Thomas Erl, Arman Kurtagic, HerbjÃÂ¶rn Wilhelmsen
MSDN Magazine January 2010
Windows Azure is already helping many companies move their apps into the cloud. We'll share some of the tips and tricks that we discovered working with customers on real-world migrations.
George Huey, Wade Wegner
MSDN Magazine August 2010
It's difficult to troubleshoot any application without a trail of clues to follow, and cloud apps are no different. We look at how logging and tracing are enabled for Windows Azure, and how you can use Windows PowerShell to manage diagnostics for a running service.
MSDN Magazine June 2010
You'll find direct support for building Windows Azure applications in Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express. We'll walk you through using Visual Studio 2010 for the entirety of the Windows Azure application development lifecycle.
MSDN Magazine April 2010
Yes, you can run background processes in the cloud. Kevin Hoffman and Nate Dudek use a shopping cart example to demonstrate how to build an application engine as well as implement asynchronous messaging and processing using Azure Storage.
Kevin Hoffman, Nathan Dudek
Many early adopters cloud platforms have questions about security. We review some of the cryptography services and providers in Windows Azure along with some security implications for applications in the cloud.
We show you how .NET Services within the Azure Services Platform makes it easy to bring workflow apps to the cloud.
MSDN Magazine April 2009
The C# language has been used quite successfully in many kinds of projects, including Web, database, GUI, and more. One of the last frontiers for the application of C# code may well be scientific computing. But can C# measure up to the likes of FORTRAN and C++ for scientific and mathematical projects?In this article, the author answers that question by looking at the .NET common language runtime to determine how the JIT compiler, Microsoft intermediate language, and the garbage collector affect performance. He also considers C# data types, including arrays and matrices, along with other language features that play an important role in scientific computing applications.
MSDN Magazine March 2004
There are many ways to integrate Windows Azure applications with SharePoint 2010. We'll walk you through one example: a Silverlight-based Web Part that consumes data from the cloud.
Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service provides an easy-to-use cache in the cloud that you can employ for application data, maintaining session state, and other tasks. We'll show you how to start using the Cache service in your apps today.
Wade Wegner, Karandeep Anand
MSDN Magazine April 2011
See how easy it is to create a Windows Phone 7 app and tie it to a Web service as Ramon Arjona walks you through the creation of a language translation tool.
Let go of your traditional relational database thinking if you want to understand how Windows Azure Table storage works, says Julie Lerman. Luckily for you, she's done the hard work to grasp the new concepts and help you get up to speed.
MSDN Magazine July 2010
Design patterns provide a common, repeatable approach to solving software development tasks, and many different patterns can describe how to accomplish a certain goal in code. When developers begin working with Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), they often ask about how to accomplish common tasks with the technology. This month's column discusses several design patterns used in WF.
MSDN Magazine August 2009
Now that you're even managing projects in the cloud, you'll need some tools to help. This month we illustrate one, discuss UX design patterns, a book by Anders Hejlsberg, and more.
MSDN Magazine June 2009