Since this this the cloud, smaller machines will give you better scale in/out granularity - so ymmv depending on what kind of workload you are doing. Also in production, you want to give yourself headroom for bursts, rather than trying to max out your connections - which should also be kinder on latency.

Multi-user online games are among the most successful interactive, world-scale distributed systems built in the past decade.

This guide provides practical advice to help engineers build up infrastructure following security best practices so that they can confidently deploy their services to the public Internet and lower their chances of being compromised.

The simplest way to avoid checking in passwords and/or connection strings into source control is to (no joke) keep passwords and connection strings out of your source.

A wish to make systems more resilient was at the heart of the “Fallacies of Distributed Computing”, originally penned by L Peter Deutsch in 1994 when he was at Sun Microsystems, and augmented by a few others since then.

Feature toggles are a powerful technique, allowing teams to modify system behavior without changing code.

Unlike most other languages, JavaScript’s object system is based on prototypes, not classes. Unfortunately, most JavaScript developers don’t understand JavaScript’s object system, or how to put it to best use. Others do understand it, but want it to behave more like class based systems.

In Visual Studio, a Task Runner contains collection of "tasks" that can be executed either on demand, or automated as part of a build process. Visual Studio includes native support for Grunt.js and Gulp.js task runners, and each of these is designed to make building client-side resources easier.