Windows Azure White Papers from Microsoft
Here are some Windows Azure white papers that you may find useful.
- Windows Azure Security: Technical Insights
Update to the Security Overview whitepaper, provides a detailed description of security features and controls.
- Security Best Practices for Windows Azure Solutions
Updated guidance on designing and developing secure solutions.
- Windows Azure Network Security
Recommendations for securing network communications for applications deployed in Windows Azure.
- Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines
This paper details how to use Microsoft Antimalware to help identify and remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software in Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines.
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- Introducing Windows Azure
- Cloud computing is here. Running applications on machines in an Internet-accessible data center can bring plenty of advantages. Yet wherever they run, applications are built on some kind of platform. For on-premises applications, this platform usually includes an operating system, some way to store data, and perhaps more. Applications running in the cloud need a similar foundation. The goal of Microsoft’s Windows Azure is to provide this. Part of the larger Windows Azure platform, Windows Azure is a platform for running Windows applications and storing data in the cloud.
- Windows Azure Table – Programming Table Storage
- Windows Azure Table provides scalable, available, and durable structured storage in the form of tables. The tables contain entities, and the entities contain properties. The tables are scalable to billions of entities and terabytes of data, and may be partitioned across thousands of servers. The tables support ACID transactions over single entities and rich queries over the entire table. Simple and familiar .NET and REST programming interfaces are provided via ADO.NET Data Services. This paper describes these concepts and the advanced features of Windows Azure Table.
- Windows Azure Blob – Programming Blob Storage
Windows Azure Storage provides durable, scalable, available, and performance-efficient storage services for the cloud, and it does this through familiar and easy-to-use programming interfaces. Windows Azure Blob provides a simple interface for storing named files along with metadata for a file. This paper describes the Windows Azure Blob programming interface and the advanced blob concepts.
- Windows Azure Queue – Programming Queue Storage
Windows Azure Storage provides durable, scalable, available, and performance-efficient storage services for the cloud, and it does this through familiar and easy-to-use programming interfaces. Windows Azure Queue provides reliable storage and delivery of messages for an application. This paper describes the Windows Azure Queue programming interface and the advanced queue concepts.
- An Introduction to Windows Azure platform AppFabric for Developers
This overview paper introduces the Services Bus and Access Control for the Windows Azure platform AppFabric and how they fit together.
- A Developer’s Guide to Service Bus for the Windows Azure platform AppFabric
- This whitepaper shows developers how to use the Service Bus to provide a secure, standards-based messaging fabric to connect applications across the Internet.
- Overview of Microsoft SQL Azure
Companies today are faced with ever-increasing amounts of data from numerous sources that need to be shared across a variety of devices. Meeting these needs requires constant investment in servers, operating systems, storage, and networking. Microsoft® SQL Azure Database, provides an improved way to respond to these challenges with enhanced manageability, scalability, and developer agility. This whitepaper provides an overview of the SQL Azure Database. It lays out the advantages for using a cloud-based relational database service, and also describes practical usage scenarios that help you understand how SQL Azure Database can be used to optimize business solutions.
- Similarities and Differences – SQL Azure vs. SQL Server
SQL Azure Database is a cloud database service from Microsoft. SQL Azure provides web-facing database functionality as a utility service. Cloud-based database solutions such as SQL Azure can provide many benefits, including rapid provisioning, cost-effective scalability, high availability, and reduced management overhead. This paper provides an architectural overview of SQL Azure Database, and describes how you can use SQL Azure to augment your existing on-premises data infrastructure or as your complete database solution
- Microsoft Codename “Dallas” – Whitepaper
Microsoft Codename “Dallas” is a new cloud service that provides a global marketplace for information including data, web services, and analytics. This whitepaper provides an overview on key features, typical scenarios and the architectural layout.
- Alinean TCO Case Study – Whitepaper
Alinean is the leading provider of business value sales and marketing tools, helping B2B vendors assess prospect needs and opportunities; then helping them to quantify and calculate the financial (ROI) value of proposed solutions to the individual customer. In order to scale the solution, expand their customer base and maximize the use of human capital, Alinean turned to the Windows Azure Service platform. Alinean projects almost 60% savings with Windows Azure and an estimated 160% ROI compared to current SaaS infrastructure.
- System Integrator Whitepaper
This white paper describes how Microsoft® system integrator partners are using Windows Azure™, an Internet-scale cloud services platform that is hosted in Microsoft data centers, to develop applications and services that are quick to deploy, easy to manage, readily scalable, and competitively priced.
- Windows Azure Drive Whitepaper– Using a Durable Drive for your NTFS Cloud Applications
Customers have told us that one of the challenges is taking their already running Windows applications and running them in the cloud while making sure their data is durable while using the standard Windows NTFS APIs. With Windows Azure Drive, your Windows Azure applications running in the cloud can use existing NTFS APIs to access a durable drive. This can significantly ease the migration of existing Windows applications to the cloud. The Windows Azure application can read from or write to a drive letter (e.g., X:\) that represents a durable NTFS volume for storing and accessing data. The durable drive is implemented as a Windows Azure Page Blob containing an NTFS-formatted Virtual Hard Drive (VHD). This paper describes what a Windows Azure Drive is and how to use it.