The Windows Azure Handbook, Volume 1: Strategy & Planning

clip_image001I was happy to see that a colleague and friend, David Pallman (GM at Neudesic and one of the few Windows Azure MVP’s in the world), successfully published the first volume of his The Windows Azure Handbook series:

  1. Planning & Strategy
  2. Architecture
  3. Development
  4. Management

I think that is a very nice organization/separation of different considerations and intended audiences. And the ‘sharding’ of content into four separate volumes is really not intended as a ploy to sell more with what could be squeezed into one book. :) The first volume itself has 300 pages! And David only spent the minimally required time on the requisite “what is” cloud computing and Windows Azure platform topics (just the two initial chapters, as a matter of fact). He then immediately dived into more detailed discussions around the consumption-based billing model and its impacts, and many aspects that contribute into a pragmatic strategy for cloud computing adoption.

Having worked with Windows Azure platform since its inception, and successfully delivering multiple real-world customer projects, David definitely has a ton of lessons, best practices, and insights to share. Really looking forward to the rest of the series.

Kudos to David!