Chapter 2. Design Considerations

In order to use cloud computing with the Azure platform beyond simple hosting, you must explore the vast array of options available to you when it comes to designing solutions. In addition to the design options presented in this chapter, you need a strong grasp of cloud computing's current shortcomings, which may affect your design choices.

Design Factors

Before reviewing various design patterns, let's start with some opportunities and limitations that impact your design choices. Keep in mind that although this book focuses primarily on SQL Azure, many of the concepts in this chapter apply to Azure development in general.

Offsite Storage

The Azure platform offers four distinct storage models, which were previously ...

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