Using Enterprise Transient fault handling block with Azure Cache

 I mentioned in an earlier blog about the importance of having a retry mechanism in applications that use Azure Cache. An easy way to do this is by using the enterprise transient fault handling block. I’ve noticed that an application using the Windows Azure SDK 1.8 (October 2012 release) and Transient Fault handling block (version…

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Best Practices for using Windows Azure Cache/Windows Server Appfabric Cache

We frequently get asked on best practices for using Windows Azure Cache/Appfabric cache.  The compilation below is an attempt at putting together an initial list of best practices. I’ll publish an update to this in the future if needed. I’m breaking down the best practices to follow by various topics. Using Cache APIs 1.    Have Retry…

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Custom Serialization

Azure Cache (Preview) release added support for using a custom serializer to serialize objects that are stored in the cache. NetDataContractSerializer is the default serialization mechanism used by Azure cache. Many times, applications might need to use custom serialization for performance or compatibility reasons.  An application could explicitly serialize objects and store them in cache…

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Azure Cache (Preview)

As a member on the Azure cache team, I was very thrilled when we released the Azure Cache (Preview) as part of the June 2012 Azure SDK.   The preview offers a great caching solution for applications running on Azure. It provides a lot of benefits over Azure shared cache around aspects such as pricing,…

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