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Building Resilient, High-Scale Services in Windows Azure

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I seem to be always looking for information about building resilient, high-scale services in Windows Azure. Over the last year a number of individuals and teams at Microsoft have done us all a great service by documenting their experiences in this area.

Failsafe Initiative

The Windows Azure CAT team and Microsoft Services has created a Failsafe Initiative to provide guidance on building resilient and scalable cloud services.

Marc Mercuri (@marcmercuri), Ulrich Homann, and Andrew Townhill wrote a whitepaper on Failsafe: Guidance for Resilient Cloud Architectures.

Marc Mercuri, Ulrich Homann and Mark Simms (@mabsimms) have produced an extensive online training course available on Channel 9: Failsafe: Building Scalable, Resilient Cloud Services.

Best Practices

Mark Simms and Michael Thomassy have written an extensive whitepaper on Best Practices for the Design of Large-Scale Services on Windows Azure Cloud Services

A Microsoft team created a poster on Scaling Applications using Windows Azure Cloud Services that provides a nice visual overview of the material in this whitepaper. (Thanks to Rob Boucher for the link.)

Mark Simms and Simon Davies did a two-part presentation on Building Big: Lessons Learned from Windows Azure Customers at Build 2012:

Part 1: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-029
Part 2: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-030

Mark Simms did a session on Resilient Cloud Apps at the Patterns and Practices Symposium.

Scalability Units

Clemens Vasters (@clemensv) has posted, to his Subscribe video blog, a presentation on using scalability units for Windows Azure deployments to make them more scalable.

Trustworthy Computing

A team from various groups at Microsoft, centered on the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group, has produced a whitepaper on Developing Highly Available and Secure Cloud Solutions.


The Windows Azure CAT team has developed the Cloud Service Fundamentals in Windows Azure sample to demonstrate how to scale-out Windows Azure applications.

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