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Michael Collier serves as a Principal Cloud Architect for Aditi, a Microsoft NSI partner that focuses on cloud computing. . He is honored to be one of the first Windows Azure MVPs awarded by Microsoft and is a 2012 Windows Azure MVP of the Year for his extraordinary community contributions. Michael has had a successful 12-year career at various consulting and technology firms where he was instrumental in leading and developing solutions for a wide range of clients. He has a vast amount of experience in helping companies determine the best strategy for adopting cloud computing, and providing the insight, and hands-on experience to ensure they’re successful. Michael is also a respected technology community leader, and can often be found sharing his Windows Azure insights and experiences at regional and national conferences. Follow Michael’s experiences with Windows Azure on his blog at www.michaelscollier.com and on Twitter at @MichaelCollier Michael is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 22 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Here's Why Developers Should be Interested in Windows Azure

04.03.2012
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The building block services for Windows Azure are Access Control Services (ACS), Caching, and Service Bus.  These are incredibly powerful services available as part of Windows Azure.  You can use them on their own*, outside of any Windows Azure hosted applications, to enhance your existing or new applications.  They’re also great for enhancing developer productivity – because not many people want to write their own identity management, caching, or messaging layer.  These just let you consume the service and focus on your core application.

You can view the full webcast at http://www.neudesic.com/media/webcasts/20120307/20120307.wmv.

I’m making the slides available as well.

 

 

At the end of the webcast, a few questions came up that I mentioned I would try to provide some answers for on my blog.

Q: How to use ACS from a Silverlight application?

A: I haven’t personally tried this yet, but it seems others have.  Here are a few resources I would recommend to learn more

Q: How to use ACS with Active Directory?

A: Have a look at the “Single Sign-On from Active Directory to a Windows Azure Application Whitepaper”.

* I wouldn’t necessarily recommend using the cache service outside of Windows Azure as the network latency (going over the internet) would likely reduce any benefit of caching.

 

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