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For a complete list of the co-authors and contributors, see the end of the article. Microsoft's Software-plus-Services strategy represents a view of the world where the growing feature-set of devices and the increasing ubiquity of the Web are combined to deliver more compelling solutions. Software-plus-Services represents an evolutionary step that is based on existing best practices in IT and extends the application potential of core service-orientation design principles. Microsoft's efforts to embrace the Software-plus-Services vision are framed by three core goals: User experiences should span beyond a single device Solution architectures should be able to intelligently leverage and integrate on-premise IT assets with cloud assets Tightly coupled systems should give way to federations of cooperating systems and loosely coupled compositions The Windows Azure platfor... (more)

SOA Pattern of the Week (#1): Service Façade

One of the fundamental goals when designing service-oriented solutions is to attain a reduced degree of coupling between services, thereby increasing the freedom and flexibility with which services can be individually evolved. Achieving the right level of coupling "looseness" is most often considered a design issue that revolves around the service contract and the consumer programs that form dependencies upon it. However, for the service architect there are opportunities to establish intermediate layers of abstraction within the service implementation that further foster reduced... (more)

Cloud Computing, SOA and Windows Azure - Part 2

For a complete list of the co-authors and contributors, see the end of the article. Windows Azure Platform Overview The Windows Azure platform is an Internet-scale cloud computing services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Windows tools provide functionality to build solutions that include a cloud services operating system and a set of developer services. The key parts of the Windows Azure platform are: Windows Azure (application container) Microsoft SQL Azure Windows Azure platform AppFabric The infrastructure and service architectures that underlie many of these nati... (more)

Cloud Computing, SOA and Windows Azure - Part 3

For a complete list of the co-authors and contributors, see the end of the article. A cloud service in Windows Azure will typically have multiple concurrent instances. Each instance may be running all or a part of the service's codebase. As a developer, you control the number and type of roles that you want running your service. Web Roles and Worker Roles Windows Azure roles are comparable to standard Visual Studio projects, where each instance represents a separate project. These roles represent different types of applications that are natively supported by Windows Azure. There ... (more)

Paths to SOA

Many are comparing notes on two well-publicized paths to achieving SOA. The bottom-up approach is currently the most common variety, where Web services are created on an "as need" basis to fulfill mostly integration-related requirements. These services are typically application specific and simply re-create traditional integration channels over the open Web services communication framework. The top-down approach, on the other hand, is one of analysis, deep thought, and patience. Service-orientation is infused into the business process layer so that services can be modeled in ali... (more)