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The building block services for Windows Azure are Access Control
Services (ACS), Caching, and Service Bus. These are incredibly powerful
services available as part of Windows Azure. You can use them on their
own*, outside of any Windows Azure hosted applications, to enhance your
existing or new applications. They’re also great for enhancing
developer productivity – because not many people want to write their own
identity management, caching, or messaging layer. These just let you
consume the service and focus on your core application.
You can view the full webcast at http://www.neudesic.com/media/webcasts/20120307/20120307.wmv.
I’m making the slides available as well.
At the end of the webcast, a few questions came up that I mentioned I would try to provide some answers for on my blog.
Q: How to use ACS from a Silverlight application?
A: I haven’t personally tried this yet, but it seems others have. Here are a few resources I would recommend to learn more
Q: How to use ACS with Active Directory?
A: Have a look at the “Single Sign-On from Active Directory to a Windows Azure Application Whitepaper”.
* I wouldn’t necessarily recommend using the cache service
outside of Windows Azure as the network latency (going over the
internet) would likely reduce any benefit of caching.
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