Windows Phone 7 Cloud Usage

by Michael V
The journal writes about how the current applications of the Windows Phone 7 is expanding in terms of applications being developed for it, to the point where cloud usage enables great advantages when used as a database for the application. Through the use of cloud services, users can store and access data off their phones, which have limited amounts of data storage capacity due to the focus on mobility. Because nearly all smart phones have access to the internet at all times, they can off put the strain of storing data onto foreign servers, and applications are quickly being developed to take advantage of this new necessity for Windows Phone 7 users. In order to create a proper application that allows users to transfer and access their data through a database, developers are currently using SQL as part of their architecture to support the large number of users that their app will bring. Data travels from the phone, to a Load Balancer, to a Web Service, to SQL Database Passive, to SAN, and vice versa. Windows Phone 7 developers will utilize SQL Azure as their primary database because of the lack of necessity to worry about the infrastructure.

The topic is related to the current week’s topic of Advanced SQL because of the variant of SQL Server that the Windows Phone 7 will take advantage of as its database. The SQL Azure server will be utilized as a Cloud Database Service in order to allow users to create notes or upload information onto a cloud server and retrieve it at will, all through the internet access that smartphones have. The SQL Azure command list is similar enough to SQL Server to the point where practitioners of SQL Server will have no problems with picking up how to code with SQL Azure.

The journal struck me as quite a wake up call, as it demonstrates a very practical use of the SQL skills we are being taught in class to the modern world of technology. It built a lot of interest about how SQL can relate to devices we use everyday, rather than simply as a faraway database that we have little to no control over. It is quite enlightening to see what the logic behind the applications we use everyday on our phones is like, and how we can further our control over the applications and devices.

Peer Reviewed Journal*
Henry Lee, Eugene Chuvyrov, (2011). Building Windows Phone 7 Applications Using Cloud Services As Data Stores. Apress. Retrieved From (May 13, 2012).

2 thoughts on “Windows Phone 7 Cloud Usage

  • May 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Its great Windows platforms are integrating cloud services into their devices, it sets precedent for future operating systems and creates good competition and pressure for rival OS’es to do the same. Even Windows 8 server is expected to be using the cloud for online backups, and thus, a basic understanding of SQL architecture and commands empowers computer scientists alike to be prepared for future standards of computing.

  • May 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I wonder what type of data security is provided as it passes through the Load Balancer, Web Service, SQL Database Passive, then to SAN. Hopefully they are incorporating some type of encryption.

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