Azure is a great platform! It has revolutionized our clients approach to grid computing, offering up huge computational capacity with no capital investment. Our product is one of the largest users of Azure Compute in the world and it’s growing.
However, nothing comes for free! A lot of the things you take for granted on-premise are not available in the cloud.
I will share our experiences of building Software as a Service products solely using what you get out of the box with Platform as a Service, wart’s and all! We’ll talk about the pros and cons of the cloud and discuss the differences you’ll find from being on premise to being in the cloud. We’ll talk about how those differences enable you to scale up, big time! I’ll show you Azure storage (Tables, Blobs and Queues), deployments and automation (powershell stuff). If there’ time I’ll also share my experience about when to use SQL Azure and when not to and show you how we approach event sourcing with table storage.
If the great introduction gave by Richard Conway in April left you wanting to know more, or you’re thinking of developing a cloud app this will hopefully answer some of your questions. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask me before hand I’ll try and cover them off for you.