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Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development by Donovan Follette, Chris Johnson, Steve Fox

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SUMMARY

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.

EXERCISES
Answers to Exercises can be found in Appendix A.
1. Identify the core categories of cloud computing and Windows Azure.
2. What are some of the key features available in Windows Azure?
3. What are the two key cloud apps in SharePoint 2013 where you can integrate Windows Azure?
4. Build an Autohosted application that uses Windows Azure Web Sites and the REST service you built in the first exercise.

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