The Windows Azure storage service is focused on the durable storage of persistent data and comprises three distinct services: blob, queue, and table.
We will begin this chapter by covering the fundamentals of Windows Azure storage, and then diving into the specifics of Azure Queue services.
Most introductions to Azure storage services begin with Azure Blob storage and continue from there. However, out of the three services (blob, queue, and table), Blob storage contains the most new concepts that need to be introduced simultaneously. There are enough fundamentals being introduced while using the Azure storage service with Silverlight for the additional Blob storage specific functions to complicate things. For this reason, we will first cover the Azure Queue service which has a simpler interaction model. Later chapters will then focus on Blob storage and finally Table storage.
In this chapter, we will discuss the following topics: