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The Windows Azure Platform is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers that provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. The Azure platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. The open and extensible nature of Azure’s architecture gives developers the choice to build web applications, applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, or hybrid solutions offering the best of online and on-premises.
In this session, Wade Wegner will focus on two scenarios – new application development and the migration of existing applications. While walking through demos, Wade will discuss concepts such as application authentication and authorization, data synchronization between the cloud and on-premises databases, application integration, delegation of identity, and operations and management. Particular emphasis will be placed on the migration of existing internal applications to Windows Azure, securing applications through claims-based authentication and passive federation with Geneva Server, using relational databases in the cloud with SQL Azure, and the migration of data to the cloud through tools like SSIS.