Understanding Windows Azure


This is where you probably want to get started to understand what Windows Azure is, and what you can do with it!
The Windows Azure Platform is cloud computing platform that lets you focus on building your application not on managing technology infrastructure and operational hurdles.
Understand how the Cloud can handle your growth: whether you need on & off workloads, are growing fast, or are having sudden spikes to absorb.


Getting the Windows Azure Pre-Requisites

Windows Azure offers a "local cloud development platform", which lets you test and debug on your local Windows machine before you actually deploy to the cloud. Learn how to install and configure the different elements (IIS, PHP, Windows Azure SDK, etc.):

Build a PHP application for Windows Azure

Utilizing the powerful features of the Windows Azure SDK for PHP it is possible to quickly create a new PHP application running on top of the Windows Azure platform


Get Started with the Windows Azure SDK for PHP

The Windows Azure SDK for PHP enables PHP developers to take advantage of the Microsoft Cloud Services Platform -Windows Azure. This includes support for Manageability instrumentation, logging, PHP classes for Azure Blobs, tables and queries, as well as helper classes for HTTP transport, AuhN/AuthZ, REST, and error management. More...

Scaling PHP Applications on Windows Azure

Windows Azure provides a powerful API to enable scaling for high availability. This series of articles will introduce you to scaling PHP applications with informative information and usable sample code. More...

Introduction of the "Deal of the Day" - A PHP scaling sample application
Part I: Performance Metrics

Part II: Role Management
Part III: Performance Monitor
Part IV: Using worker roles for automate scaling

All "Get Started" articles