If you are in the process of building a software application, one of the important questions you need to ask yourself is how are you going to host your application? Are you going to host it through on-premise or through cloud? If you are going to use on-premise, it is going to cost you a lot more than the cloud option. You will end up spending a huge amount of money unnecessarily which can be avoided if application is hosted through cloud. Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform for building, deploying and managing application in cloud. It is well known to be a superior method to build and host your software application than traditionally through on-premise.

I have discussed few important facts here that you should be aware of before deciding to use Windows Azure services for building and hosting your software application.

Operating System

If you are planning on creating a software application using Windows Azure services, you cannot choose the operating system in which you want to work or you are familiar with. You have to use whatever operating system which is already installed in the cloud for creating applications.

Building in cloud and later hosting it traditionally from a server

When you build an application using azure services, you build it from bottom up in the cloud. During the process of building application, due to some reasons you want to or you are forced to host your application through standard windows server. Now this could create complex troubles for you, because when you use certain specific feature in Azure like blobs, tables and queues or Azure service bus, you bind your application to Azure. Meaning, it can only be hosted through cloud.

Minimum control on application environment

One of the major concerns is that the control of our application environment is no longer with us. We do not have control over the maintenance of servers, firewall and operating systems. This can be disturbing, especially for sensitive organization like health, insurance and banking.

Difficulty with hosting an existing application

To host an existing application through cloud is not very simple. Major changes like replacing local connection strings with a service-oriented architecture or using high performance storages like tables and blobs have to be made before the application is ready to be deployed though cloud.

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