2011 TechEd: New Features Announced for Windows Azure AppFabric Caching with ACS and Import/Export feature for SQL Azure CTP

Today at the TechEd, Microsoft announced two new capabilities for both developers and IT Pros for Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service with ACS:We released today new features and enhancements as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric May CTP which adds to the Service Bus more comprehensive pub/sub messaging and enables new scenarios on Azure platform. […]

Today at the TechEd, Microsoft announced two new capabilities for both developers and IT Pros for Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service with ACS:

  • We released today new features and enhancements as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric May CTP which adds to the Service Bus more comprehensive pub/sub messaging and enables new scenarios on Azure platform. These scenarios include:
    • Async Cloud Eventing -- Distribute event notifications to occasionally connected clients (e.g. phones, remote workers, kiosks, etc)
    • Event-driven SOA -- Loose coupling to enable easy evolution of messaging topology over time
    • Intra-App Messaging -- Load leveling and load balancing for building highly scalable, resilient apps.
  • We also announced capabilities coming in the Azure AppFabric June CTP, which'll provide the AppFabric Application Manager and Developer Tools that make it easy for developers to build, deploy, manage and monitor multi-tier (web, business logic, database) apps as a single logical entity. This CTP will also enable getting these benefits when running Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) services on AppFabric.

For SQL Azure, Microsoft announced a set of new developer and IT Pro enhancements to new Import/Export feature for SQL Azure as CTP:

  • A new capability (Codename "Austin") which'll make Microsoft StreamInsight's complex event processing capabilities (available in SQL Server today) available as a service on the Azure platform. This allows customers and partners to build event-driven apps where the analysis of the events is performed in the cloud. This's in private CTP for now, but will be opened up for public CTP later in H2 on the SQL Azure Labs site.
  • We're integrating the import/export features into the management portal. These features help simplify archiving SQL Azure databases and provide migration between SQL Server on-premises and SQL Azure. This makes it significantly easier to move databases back and forth between on-premises and cloud. Additionally, this enables new hybrid scenarios to extend on-premises data beyond the firewall to the cloud and reach both web and mobile users. By exporting an on-premises database to the cloud and utilizing SQL Azure Data Sync, data will be truly available and kept up to date anywhere -- in any of Microsoft's global datacenters, customer datacenters, and in branch offices for scenarios such as retail point of sale systems.
  • We'll also provide an enhanced management experience through the portal, including enhancements to the web based database manager (formerly called "Project Houston") for additional schema management, and a new service for managing SQL Azure databases via web services with an OData endpoint.

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