Cloud Architecture Patterns: Using Microsoft Azure

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Sep 20, 2012 - Computers - 182 pages

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.

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Chapter 1 Scalability Primer
Chapter 2 Horizontally Scaling Compute Pattern
Chapter 3 QueueCentric Workflow Pattern
Chapter 4 AutoScaling Pattern
Chapter 5 Eventual Consistency Primer
Chapter 6 MapReduce Pattern
Chapter 7 Database Sharding Pattern
Chapter 8 Multitenancy and Commodity Hardware Primer
Chapter 11 Network Latency Primer
Chapter 12 Colocate Pattern
Chapter 13 Valet Key Pattern
Chapter 14 CDN Pattern
Chapter 15 Multisite Deployment Pattern
Appendix A Further Reading
About the Author

Chapter 9 Busy Signal Pattern
Chapter 10 Node 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’Reilly). Bill is Principal Consultant at Development Partners Software (, can be found blogging at, and is on Twitter at @codingoutloud.

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