During its Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch Event, Microsoft today unveiled the Windows Server AppFabric Release Candidate and announced that final availability will follow in June.
The company also made available the first public beta for BizTalk Server 2010, which supports Windows Server AppFabric and is scheduled to release to manufacturing in the third quarter of 2010.
To keep pace with rapidly changing business demands, IT must reduce the development time and increase the flexibility and availability of applications. However, the custom infrastructure often required to achieve these benefits is also complex, time-consuming and expensive; it requires developers to rewrite portions of the application when the infrastructure or scale requirements change. With Windows Server AppFabric and BizTalk Server, development, deployment and management are simplified, increasing efficiency and flexibility to support business needs as they happen.
Windows Server AppFabric provides improved speed, elastic scale and high availability for Web applications through new, distributed caching capabilities. It also provides tools to simplify the development and management of composite applications built using Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation. Windows Server AppFabric will be available to Microsoft's customers with licenses for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard and Enterprise editions) at no additional cost.
With support for the latest Microsoft platform releases, BizTalk Server 2010 works with Windows Server AppFabric to enable developers to more rapidly build composite applications that connect to disparate line-of-business systems through BizTalk Adapters and BizTalk Transformations from within .NET development environments. This release also delivers simplified trading partner management tools, an enhanced BizTalk mapper that simplifies complex transactions, and a unified dashboard for backup and restore functions.
To download or get more information about Windows Server AppFabric: http://msdn.microsoft.com/appfabric
To download the beta or get more information about BizTalk Server 2010: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk