Windows Azure platform AppFabric April Release is now live. Windows Azure AppFabric provides a way for you to bridge between hosted, cloud, and on-premises computers. Windows Azure platform AppFabric was previously known as .NET Services part of the Windows Azure.
In addition to improvements in stability, scale, and performance, this release addresses two previously communicated issues in the March billing preview release. We recommend that you re-check your usage previews for April 7th or later per the instruction in the March Billing Preview announcement to ensure that you sign up for the appropriate pricing plan in preparation for AppFabric billing that will start after April 9.
The announcement was made on the Windows Azure site, The Windows Azure platform AppFabric April 2010 Release is Live.
Getting Started with Windows Azure platform AppFabric
AppFabric LABS is a new environment which the AppFabric team is using to showcase some early bits and get feedback from the community. Usage for this environment will not be billed. AppFabric LABS are a way for customers to test out and play with experimental AppFabric technologies.
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Windows Azure platform AppFabric SDKs are available for .NET, Java, Ruby, and PHP developers.
About Windows Azure platform AppFabric
The Windows Azure platform AppFabric provides secure connectivity as a service to help developers bridge cloud, on-premises, and hosted deployments. You can use AppFabric Service Bus and AppFabric Access Control to build distributed and federated applications as well as services that work across network and organizational boundaries. From simple eventing scenarios to complex protocol tunneling,
AppFabric Service Bus gives developers the flexibility to choose how their applications communicate, and to address the challenges presented by firewalls, NATs, dynamic IP, and disparate identity systems.
AppFabric Access Control enables simple, secure authorization for RESTful web services that federate with a variety of identity providers.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation