Deploying to Azure
Azure is Microsoft’s cloud hosting solution. This chapter shows how to deploy the web site to Azure and have it run over the Web. Azure is available for a free trial period and so can be used by anyone for a limited period of time. Alternatively, if you have registered your copy of Visual Studio and have a Microsoft account, you should be eligible for the Developer Program Benefit and receive a free 12-month trial with $25 a month credit. There are a few ways to deploy to the cloud from Visual Studio; for example, Visual Studio will offer to host your solution in the cloud as soon as you log into it with a Microsoft account; however, in this example we’re going to provide a more detailed example using the Azure Portal to set up servers prior to deploying to them.