Chapter 1. Getting to know Windows Azure

This chapter covers

  • Overview of Windows Azure
  • Building your first Windows Azure web role
  • Windows Azure infrastructure
  • How Windows Azure implements core cloud concepts
  • Flagship Windows Azure platform services

Imagine a world where your applications were no longer constrained by hardware and you could consume whatever computing power you needed, when you needed it. More importantly, imagine a world where you paid only for the computing power that you used.

Now that your imagination is running wild, imagine you don’t need to care about managing hardware infrastructure and you can focus on the software that you develop. In this world, you can shift your focus from managing servers to managing applications. ...

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