This chapter provides a first look at Windows Azure, Microsoft’s key cloud platform technology. Within the broader area of cloud computing, you can develop many different types of cloud-based solutions using Windows Azure.
You can integrate Windows Azure with SharePoint 2013, both generally and specifically. Generally, you use the Autohosted and Provider-hosted app models to leverage the power of Windows Azure in the cloud-hosted app models. Two specific ways to integrate with SharePoint using the Autohosted cloud app and the Client App Web Part. Key to understanding this integration is knowing that SharePoint natively uses Windows Azure in the Autohosted project template, but that you can use the Client App Web Part to integrate remotely hosted Windows Azure applications or use the provider-hosted project template to create this integration. As you progress throughout the book, you’ll return to the Provider-hosted app as it is a more advanced topic requiring some additional configuration and setup.
WHAT YOU LEARNED IN THIS CHAPTER