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image Recently, Windows Azure Webjobs were introduced to Windows Azure Web Sites. Webjobs are background tasks that come in 3 different flavors (Manual, Triggered and Continuous). These jobs can be used to execute tasks such as database maintenance, RSS aggregation and queue processing. As new features rollout for Windows Azure Web Sites, it’s reasonable to ask whether Cloud Services are still relevant.

I see Cloud Services as a flexible scale unit, where I can spread compute intensive workloads over an echo-system of Role instances. As always, with great power (flexibility) comes great responsibility (we need to care about details).

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9-4-2013 2-08-24 AMWhat is it?

Windows Azure Cache is a distributed, in-memory, scalable solution that can be used to build highly scalable and responsive applications by providing super-fast access to data. A cache created using the Cache Service is accessible from applications within Windows Azure running on Windows Azure Web Sites, Web & Worker Roles and Virtual Machines.

Why is it Important?

On September 3rd 2013, Microsoft announced a new Windows Azure Cache Service. This is actually quite interesting for projects that requires a Highly Available (HA) Cache. It allows you to create a Cache Cluster using the management portal. This means that all infrastructure maintenance and resource management is Microsoft’s responsibility.

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The Windows Azure Infographics are a great way to get to know many of the Windows Azure services.

Zoom into details, download and print them in order to teach, share and explain Windows Azure to your peers.
Most of these posters and all future posters will link to deeper technical content through the mobile tags
for a more complete set of information.

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websitesWhen Microsoft announced Windows Azure Web Sites I was lucky to rapidly gain access to the preview, which led me to write a preliminary Windows Azure Web Sites Review.

Initially I was confused about the ideas behind Windows Azure Web Sites, because Cloud Services give me a finer grain control over various aspects of the Instances. Cloud Services also provide Production and Staging environments, which are not available in Windows Azure Web Sites. To top it off, Windows Azure Web Sites lack Remote Desktop connectivity. I must admit that in the beginning, I had a hard time finding reasons to choose Windows Azure Web Sites over Cloud Services (PaaS).

Windows Azure Web Sites, started off as being perfect for deployments that didn’t require custom windows configurations and were perfect for teams who don’t use Visual Studio. By greatly abstracting away the concept of Roles, it opened up the platform to a greater audience and most importantly Windows Azure Web Sites consume  other Windows Azure services like Windows Azure Storage Services.

Almost a year later, Windows Azure Web Sites has grown up and above all, I am now a true believer!  In June 2013,  Standard (formerly named reserved) and Free tiers have both graduated from Preview to General Availability (GA)  and are backed by the standard 99.9% monthly SLA. The Shared tier remains in preview with not charges.

Windows Azure Web Sites have come a long way!

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