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Building Hybrid Applications in the Cloud on Windows Azure

Building Hybrid Applications in the Cloud on Windows Azure

Windows Azure provides a set of infrastructure services that can help you to build hybrid applications. These services, such as Service Bus Security, Messaging, Caching, Traffic Manager, and Azure Connect, are the main topics of this guide. The guide demonstrates scenarios where these services are useful, and shows how you can apply them in your own applications.

Modern computing frameworks and technologies such as the Microsoft .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Windows Communication Foundation, and Windows Identity Framework make building enterprise applications much easier than ever before. In addition, the opportunity to build applications that you deploy to the cloud using the Windows Azure™ technology platform can reduce up-front infrastructure costs, and reduce ongoing management and maintenance requirements. 

This guide focuses on the common issues you will encounter when building applications that run partly in the cloud and partly on-premises, or when you decide to migrate some or all elements of an existing on-premises application to the cloud. It focuses on using Windows Azure as the host environment, and shows how you can take advantage of the many features of this platform, together with SQL Azure, to simplify and speed the development of these kinds of applications.For example, a typical application may use web and worker roles running in Windows Azure, store its data in a SQL Azure™ technology database, and connect to third-party services that perform tasks such as authenticating users or delivering goods to customers. However, it is not uncommon for an application to also make use of services exposed by partner organizations, or services and components that reside inside the corporate network which, for a variety of reasons, cannot be migrated to the cloud.

Most applications today are not simple; they may consist of many separate features that are implemented as services, components, third-party plug-ins, and other systems or resources. Integrating these items when all of the components are hosted locally in your datacenter is not a trivial task, and it can become even more of a challenge when you move your applications to a cloud-based environment.

Ref: Technet @ Microsoft.com


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