Cloud computing offers a scalable, fault-tolerant storage and computing solution, which promises to significantly reduce the bandwidth, maintenance, and startup costs borne by businesses of all sizes. Microsoft's Windows Azure service provides not only .NET developers but users of other platforms the ability to take advantage of cloud computing solutions.
One increasingly common use of the cloud is storage for BLOBs (binary large objects) such as videos, applications, and even website images. Businesses use cloud storage to streamline operations. In his five-minute Internet.com video, Jason Gilmore uses the Zend Framework's
Zend_Service_WindowsAzure component to demonstrate the fundamental concepts behind storing BLOBs within the Windows Azure cloud.
By the video's conclusion, you'll understand how to create BLOB storage containers, upload BLOBs to your Azure account, set access privileges, retrieve BLOBs from Azure, and delete BLOBs.