Microsoft has announced that one of the couple of offerings aimed to streamline deploying and running composite applications will be commercially available in approximately a month. The Redmond company has set the launch date for Windows Azure platform AppFabric, a solution designed to complement Windows Server AppFabric, for April 9th, 2010. According to the Redmond company, April 9 will also be the first day that customers will be charged for their use of Windows Azure platform AppFabric.
“We are happy to share that starting April 9, 2010, Windows Azure platform AppFabric will be commercially available on a paid and fully SLA-supported basis,” a member of the Windows Azure platform AppFabric team stated
. “If you are already using AppFabric, we will begin charging as of April 9, 2010 at 12:00 AM GMT. […] If you do not desire to be charged for AppFabric, please remove any applications that are currently utilizing these services prior to this date.”
Customers already testing Windows Azure platform AppFabric now have a chance to see just how much it will cost for them to continue leveraging the offering. “In order to help you get familiarized with AppFabric billing, we released the AppFabric Billing Preview
yesterday March 9. With this billing preview, you will be able to download a usage summary from the AppFabric Developer Portal, with information similar to that of the ‘daily usage summary’ currently available to you for Windows Azure and SQL Azure,” the Windows Azure platform AppFabric team representative added.
Windows Server AppFabric is the on-premise version of AppFabric,a Beta of which is already available for testers to download and run
. Microsoft has built the technologies formerly codenamed “Velocity” and “Dublin” into Windows Server AppFabric, providing customers with caching, workflow and service-hosting capabilities. In contrast, Windows Azure platform AppFabric is the evolution of .Net Services, the pricing details of which are available here
Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 is available for download here.