Cloud Cover Episode 46 - Windows Azure Traffic Manager

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Join Wade and Steve each week as they cover the Windows Azure Platform. You can follow and interact with the show @CloudCoverShow.

In this episode, Steve and Wade discuss the Windows Azure Traffic Manager. Traffic Manager provides several ways to load balance traffic to multiple hosted services. You can choose from three load balancing methods: Performance, Failover, or Round Robin. Watch as Wade demonstrates how to configure Traffic Manager policies and test with your own applications.

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      paulm

      How does traffic manager relate to multiple instances. I thought multiple instances was supposed to do all this

      Now I get the feeling that all my eggs are in one datacenter basket - is that so (without traffic manager)

      What about storage? How redundant is that?

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      rob anders

      wheres bo

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      snagy

      @paulm This isn't about multiple instances - yes you already have that in your deployment. Traffic manager is about deploying your app to multiple locations so that:

      A) A single data centre doesn't become a single point of failure
      B) Sending users to the data centre that is closest to them
      C) Distributing load over multiple data centres

      I think point C is a stretch personally. Its points A and B that are most appealing about the traffic manager. Check out the MIX videos on the topic for more info.

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      snagy

      @paulm Also, when you deploy currently, yes its on one datacentre. When you go through the process of deploying an Azure application, you are required to pick which datacenter it goes to.

      Storage is currently redundant up to at least 3 copies, all at one datacentre (because there is a cost to replication across the internet). However you can deliver your blobs closer to your users with the CDN option.

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