Cloud Architecture Patterns: Using Microsoft Azure

Cloud Architecture Patterns: Using Microsoft Azure

by Bill Wilder
Cloud Architecture Patterns: Using Microsoft Azure

Cloud Architecture Patterns: Using Microsoft Azure

by Bill Wilder


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If your team is investigating ways to design applications for the cloud, this concise book introduces 11 architecture patterns that can help you take advantage of cloud-platform services. You’ll learn how each of these platform-agnostic patterns work, when they might be useful in the cloud, and what impact they’ll have on your application architecture. You’ll also see an example of each pattern applied to an application built with Windows Azure.

The patterns are organized into four major topics, such as scalability and handling failure, and primer chapters provide background on each topic. With the information in this book, you’ll be able to make informed decisions for designing effective cloud-native applications that maximize the value of cloud services, while also paying attention to user experience and operational efficiency.

Learn about architectural patterns for:

  • Scalability. Discover the advantages of horizontal scaling. Patterns covered include Horizontally Scaling Compute, Queue-Centric Workflow, and Auto-Scaling.
  • Big data. Learn how to handle large amounts of data across a distributed system. Eventual consistency is explained, along with the MapReduce and Database Sharding patterns.
  • Handling failure. Understand how multitenant cloud services and commodity hardware influence your applications. Patterns covered include Busy Signal and Node Failure.
  • Distributed users. Learn how to overcome delays due to network latency when building applications for a geographically distributed user base. Patterns covered include Colocation, Valet Key, CDN, and Multi-Site Deployment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449319779
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/03/2012
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 839,342
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Bill Wilder is a hands-on architect, developer, trainer, speaker, author, and community leader focused on helping companies and individuals succeed with the cloud using the Windows Azure Platform. Bill began working with Windows Azure when it was unveiled at the Microsoft PDC in 2008 and subsequently founded the Boston Azure user group (, the first Windows Azure user group in the world, in October 2009. Bill is recognized by Microsoft as a Windows Azure MVP and is the author of the book Cloud Architecture Patterns (published by O’Reilly). Bill is Principal Consultant at Development Partners Software (, can be found blogging at, and is on Twitter at @codingoutloud.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Scalability Primer
  • Chapter 2: Horizontally Scaling Compute Pattern
  • Chapter 3: Queue-Centric Workflow Pattern
  • Chapter 4: Auto-Scaling Pattern
  • Chapter 5: Eventual Consistency Primer
  • Chapter 6: MapReduce Pattern
  • Chapter 7: Database Sharding Pattern
  • Chapter 8: Multitenancy and Commodity Hardware Primer
  • Chapter 9: Busy Signal Pattern
  • Chapter 10: Node Failure Pattern
  • Chapter 11: Network Latency Primer
  • Chapter 12: Colocate Pattern
  • Chapter 13: Valet Key Pattern
  • Chapter 14: CDN Pattern
  • Chapter 15: Multisite Deployment Pattern
  • Further Reading
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