Cloud service and wcf service

Posted on 2011-10-17
Last Modified: 2014-11-12

What is the difference between the cloud service and wcf service
Question by:KaranGupta
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    Cloud Service! Do you mean Cloud Computing?

    Cloud Computing includes Hardware + Software Infrastructure hosted in a data-centre that is usually managed by some other provider (like Microsoft, Amazon). They offer these infrastructure to host customer applications. Customer applications hosted in a cloud can take advantage of resources (memory, computing power, storage, bandwidth, etc.) provided by the cloud provider.

    WCF Service is a framework for developing Service Oriented Applications (SOA).

    A WCF Service can be hosted in a Cloud Computing infrastructure.

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    There are hosting services in cloud computing I mean the windows azure.
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    Wcf is basically Microsoft's way of implementing web services. It is a technical way for programs on different servers or even different networks to communicate.

    Azure in contrast is a service provided by Microsoft to run your code on their infrastructure.
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    The Windows Communication Foundation (or WCF) is an application programming interface (API) in the .NET Framework for building connected, service-oriented applications.

    The Windows Azure Platform[2] is a Microsoft cloud platform used to build, host and scale web applications through Microsoft data centers. Windows Azure Platform is thus classified as platform as a service and forms part of Microsoft's cloud computing strategy, along with their software as a service offering, Microsoft Online Services.

    Azure is a cloud hosting service while WCF is a tool to develop web interfaces, so with WCF you could develop an interface which later can be hosted on Azure. Hope that answers your question.

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