Deploying new WebSites to Windows Azure or updating existing ones used to take a lot of time. And the Windows Azure Team worked hard on this issue making it more comfortable for developers.
And the result of this effort is the “Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles” announced a few days ago. That is a new Project Template generating an Azure Project containing a WebRole and a website project for management purposes. Here you can define how many instances of your website are to be created in the cloud. After deploying this project template Windows Azure will create the instances you requested. Then you can create websites in the management website and publish other websites in less than 30 seconds to the cloud. Those websites will immediately be available on all instances. The template uses your Windows Azure Storage account for this feature.
Here is a short demo video of the Web Role Accelerator:
Download the Web Role Accelerator from codeplex here: http://waawebroles.codeplex.com/
Backlink to the Windows Azure Team Blog: NOW AVAILABLE: Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles