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Getting Started With Microsoft Azure

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a collection of services that enables individuals and organisations to create, deploy, and operate cloud-based applications and infrastructure services. If you are looking to getting started with Microsoft Azure there is a suite of courses on Yobilabs Cloud computing courses section.

The Azure advantage

Microsoft Azure has several advantages over other platforms. Its reliability and scalability are two areas where it stands out. Microsoft Azure services are provided from cloud data centers that have multiple built-in redundancies. This means that we can deploy our application on different regions with several copies so that it can continue running even in the event of a disaster or accident in one region. Or, we can also easily recover our application from another copy.

Microsoft Azure is cost effective, which is a general advantage of cloud computing technology. With the Azure cloud there are:

– No upfront costs

– No termination fees

– Pay only for what you use

– Per minute billing

For more information about Azure pricing, check out their pricing overview page or use the Azure Pricing Calculator to price and configure Azure features for your scenarios.

For companies that work with Microsoft technologies, the greatest advantage of Azure would be used in conjunction with various Microsoft solutions such as Microsoft System Center, SharePoint, SQL Server, etc. In addition, Microsoft Azure supports many different programming languages, tools, and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems such as SAP, etc.

Getting started

Codes for Windows Azure are written in the.NET environment. The code operates in Full Trust, so you can continue to work with unmanaged code if necessary. You can put your code in a Web Role or a Worker Role instead of writing an application.

A Web Role allows a single HTTP and HTTPS endpoint to your code and is quite like the ASP.NET application.

A Worker Role runs in the background and exposes a wide selection of networking endpoints. The code communicates with Windows Azure through the REST interphase or .NET libraries.

You can efficiently run the various non-.NET codes on the Azure platform and access information on the Windows Azure platform from other non-.NET applications. While deploying, you are required to package it and upload it to Windows Azure. These codes can also be deployed internally for testing purposes.


You can put your database on the cloud through SQL Azure. However, you need a careful and meticulous architectural planning to avoid technical glitches. Through ADO.NET or an ODBC connection, you can communicate with SQL Azure, and there is a connector for PHP as well.


The Azure AppFabric will act like a router and a gateway between the applications on the Azure Platform and item within your LAN. It is also designed to deal with authentication, certificates, Active Directory Federation, etc. The non-.NET applications can smoothly run within the Azure AppFabric as it is in sync with HTTP and REST endpoints. It protects the applications and safely allows anonymous users to access them. It is designed to support a wide range of networking architectures, including multicast and unicast one-way communications and full-duplex bi-directional connections. After the configuration, you can deploy the Azure AppFabric rather than entirely rewriting codes.


This is a cloud platform where you can sell and purchase access to various services that run on the Windows Azure Platform. Dallas runs as a CTP and is constantly evolving. Through this, you can provide proxy access to clients so that they can use this instead of XML. This is an option to consider even though it seems like it takes a step back and similar marketplaces haven't done well in the past.

Project Dallas is popular for being an information marketplace as it collates information from various sources at one single location. A variety of information is available on Dallas: real-time data, pictures, images, documents, etc.

Dallas allows the viewers to view the content on the portal and obtain a quick snapshot of the information.

We now know the various services and features of Windows Azure. Here is a detailed synopsis of how each segment functions. Listed below are the factors that make the products popular among users.

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