Differences between Azure Web Site and Azure Web Role

Main differences between two parts of Microsoft AzureĀ 
23 August 2017   1229

Let's figure out what are the differences between these two parts of Microsoft Azure. We've made two lists advantages for every part.

Web Roles give you several features beyond Web Apps (formerly Web Sites):

  • Ability to run elevated startup scripts to install apps, modify registry settings, install performance counters, fine-tune IIS, etc.
  • Ability to split an app up into tiers (maybe Web Role for front end, Worker Role for backend processing) and scale independently
  • Ability to RDP into your VM for debugging purposes
  • Network isolation
  • Dedicated virtual IP address, which allows web role instances in a cloud service to access IP-restricted Virtual Machines
  • ACL-restricted endpoints (added in Azure SDK 2.3, April 2014)
  • Support for any TCP/UDP ports (Web Sites are restricted to TCP 80/443)

Web Apps have advantages over Web Roles though:

  • Near-instant deployment with deployment history / rollbacks
  • Visual Studio Online, github, local git, ftp, CodePlex, DropBox, BitBucket deployment support
  • Ability to roll out one of numerous CMS's and frameworks, (like WordPress, Joomla, Django, MediaWiki, etc.)
  • Use of SQL Database or MySQL
  • Simple and fast to scale from free tier to shared tier to dedicated tier
  • Web Jobs
  • Backups of Web Site content
  • Built-in web-based debugging tools (simple cmd/powershell debug console, process explorer, diagnostic tools like log streaming, etc.)

Microsoft to Launch Azure Blockchain Tokens Platform

The platform is targeted at the enterprise-level customers, which are offered a set of token templates with the necessary properties
05 November 2019   276

Microsoft has launched the Azure Blockchain Tokens platform, designed to simplify enterprises deploying and managing tokens for various tasks.

Corporate customers are offered a set of token templates with the necessary properties, explained CoinDesk Microsoft Chief Architect Marley Gray.

The templates were created by members of the Token Taxonomy Initiative (TTI), previously launched by Microsoft in conjunction with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). Other TTI members include IBM and Intel, Hyperledger and R3 consortia, Digital Asset Holdings, and ConsenSys, a blockchain startup.

The EEA clarified that the templates on the platform are not yet commercial products, but their specifications can already be downloaded.