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Hey everyone, I wanted to make you aware of a new Architecture Guide now available for the Azure platform. 

How do you build applications to be scalable and have high availability? Along with developing the applications, you must also have an infrastructure that can support them. You may need to add servers or increase the capacities of existing ones, have redundant hardware, add logic to the application to handle distributed computing, and add logic for failovers. You have to do this even if an application is in high demand for only short periods of time.

The cloud offers a solution to this dilemma. The cloud is made up of interconnected servers located in various data centers. However, you see what appears to be a centralized location that someone else hosts and manages. By shifting the responsibility of maintaining an infrastructure to someone else, you're free to concentrate on what matters most: the application, the service.

This guidance released by the Patterns and Practices team is the first volume in a planned series about the Windows® Azure™ platform. It demonstrates how you can adapt an existing, on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud. The book is intended for any architect, developer, or information technology (IT) professional who designs, builds, or operates applications and services that are appropriate for the cloud. 

Some links for you:

  • Windows Azure Architecture Guidance on MSDN – link
  • Windows Architecture Guidance on Codeplex: – link
  • Want to share a stories? ourstory@microsoft.com

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