CHAPTER 1Understanding Windows Azure

This chapter introduces the Windows Azure platform and describes the different services and types of solutions that this platform makes possible. We’ve included this chapter mainly for readers who are not yet familiar with what Windows Azure is and what it can do. If you are already familiar with Windows Azure, feel free to skip this first chapter, but you might want to read it anyways as you might learn something valuable that can help your business grow and meet the challenges it faces in the marketplace.

What is Windows Azure?

If you ask, “What is Windows Azure?” the best answer might simply be this:

Windows Azure can be anything you want it to be.

As a cloud platform from Microsoft that provides a wide ...

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