Cloud Architecture Patterns: Using Microsoft Azure (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Sep 20, 2012 - Computers - 182 pages
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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値l learn how each of these platform-agnostic patterns work, when they might be useful in the cloud, and what impact they値l have on your application architecture. You値l 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値l 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.

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User Review  - Tom Kerkhove - Goodreads

From a developers perspective - I loved reading this book and is a nice introduction to the cloud and what patterns could solve your problems. Read full review

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User Review  - Yamir Encarnacion - Goodreads

I expected more. Was already familiar with most of the patterns discussed in this book. Read full review


Chapter1Scalability Primer
Chapter2Horizontally Scaling Compute Pattern
Chapter3QueueCentric Workflow Pattern
Chapter4AutoScaling Pattern
Chapter5Eventual Consistency Primer
Chapter6MapReduce Pattern
Chapter7Database Sharding Pattern
Chapter8Multitenancy and Commodity Hardware Primer
Chapter11Network Latency Primer
Chapter12Colocate Pattern
Chapter13Valet Key Pattern
Chapter14CDN Pattern
Chapter15Multisite Deployment Pattern
AppendixAFurther Reading
About the Author

Chapter9Busy Signal Pattern
Chapter10Node Failure Pattern

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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坦eilly). Bill is Principal Consultant at Development Partners Software (, can be found blogging at, and is on Twitter at @codingoutloud.

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