Thursday, 10 January 2013

Cloud Computing

Windows Azure Hybrid connectivity options
Windows Azure

When you host an application under Windows Azure, details like your application’s deployment, keeping the servers up-to-date with the latest patches, ensuring the application is running, phasing out old hardware is handled by Microsoft so that you can focus on creating your application. Deployment and management of your service is automated by relying on a clear definition of your application’s structure and configuration, with all of the actual work of ensuring that your application is deployed and kept running.
Windows Azure was designed from the ground-up to provide an open, standards-based and interoperable environment. All communications with Windows Azure support standard internet protocols, including HTTP/HTTPS, REST, SOAP, and XML. Beyond this protocol interoperability, developers can implement their applications using a wide range of technologies including (but not limited to) the Microsoft.NET Framework, Java, and PHP.

The Development Environment
The Windows Azure SDK ships with a complete development environment that allows you to develop and debug your applications locally without needing to deploy the application to the cloud. In fact, you can fully develop and test most of your application’s code before you even get an Azure account.
Although you do not need to have Visual Studio to use the tools in the SDK, there is deep integration with the local “cloud in a box” that simplifies development, debugging and deployment through the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio. You can use either the full editions of Visual Studio as well as the free edition of Visual Studio Web Developer Express.

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How to use Hyper-V based virtualization:
1. Install Windows 2008 R2 Server.
2. Configure the system to have a static IP Address.
3. Using Server Manager, add Hyper-V Role.
4. Create virtual machines as required.
5. Install the required OS, software etc.
6. Now you have the required .VHD file. When ever you need any new virtual machine of similar kind, simply use the earlier .VHD created in step 5.

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Cloud is a big boon for organizations with small IT departments and less investments towards dedicated hardware. Security is another important feature here to consider. At the same time, important tasks like Backup of data etc is taken care by most cloud service providers and they do strict SLA of 99.99% uptime. Therefore, most of your worries are taken care by some one trusted.

DeveloperMark Chennai, EzineArticles Basic Author

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