Windows Azure Fundamentals: Where To Begin

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

A self guided half-day introduction

There is a ton of information available today about Windows Azure.  The sources are endless: MSDN, TechNet, Channel9, CodePlex, Blogs, Tweets, WhitePapers, Labs, Kits, SDKs, etc.  The question of where to start gets more and more relevant with the amount of information out there.  Therefore, I have provided some of the materials I think are worthy of the first look.

These recommendations are based upon one goal: learn as much about Windows Azure as possible in a half day’s time across articles, whitepapers, videos, and labs.  There are extensive learning opportunities beyond these, but hopefully this provides a good place to start.

Preparation

The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit has some nice material for learning Windows Azure. We will be leveraging pieces of it. Before you begin your exploration of Windows Azure, download and install the kit. Make sure to have the pre-requisites installed. You can use the dependency checker that comes with the kit to help with this.

Section 1: Articles

This section should take about 30 minutes.

Section 2: White Papers

This section should take about an hour, and will go into the topics of the articles above in more detail.

Section 3: Videos

This section should take between 1 and 2 hours.

– AND/OR –

Check out these short videos in the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit

  • What is Windows Azure (6 min)
  • Windows Azure Storage Overview (7 min)
  • Deploying Applications on Windows Azure (13 min)
  • Windows Azure Compute (9 min)

Section 4: Hands-On Labs

This section should take about 2 hours.

The following labs can be found in the Labs portion of the training kit and are recommended as a starting point:

  • Building ASP.NET Applications with Windows Azure: Exercise 1: Moving a Web Application to the Cloud
  • Exploring Windows Azure Storage: Exercise 2: Working with BLOBs
  • Exploring Windows Azure Storage: Exercise 3: Working with Queues

I hope you find these materials helpful.  In a future post I will provide some recommendations for Windows Azure AppFabric and SQL Azure.

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About Joel Forman
Joel Forman is a Solution Architect at Slalom Consulting and specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

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