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Cloud-based applications make it easier to share data, and the Azure Platform moves processing and storage from individual corporate servers and websites to large Microsoft data centers. With this book, Roger Jennings offers you an overview of cloud computing and shares his approach for hands-on programming of Windows Azure Storage Services (tables, blobs, and queues) and web, worker, and .NET Services applications. You'll learn how to program with Azure components, while online chapters cover new SQL Azure Database and Workflow features.
Addresses various issues you may encounter when moving from on-premise to cloud-based applications (such as security, privacy, regulatory compliance, and backup and recovery)
Shows how to adapt ASP.NET authentication and role management to Azure web roles
Reveals the benefits of offloading computing services to one or more WorkerRoles when moving to Windows Azure
Teaches you how to choose the optimum combination of PartitionKey and RowKey values for sharding Azure tables
Discusses ways to improve the scalability and performance of Azure tables
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