Windows Azure AppFabric Caching Service RTW has now been released as a production service. "The Caching service is a distributed, in-memory, application cache service that accelerates the performance of Windows Azure and SQL Azure applications by allowing you to keep data in-memory and saving you the need to retrieve that data from storage or database," Windows Azure AppFabric team stated.
In order for you to be able to start using the service and evaluate your needs we are running a promotion period in which we will not be charging for the service for billing periods prior to August 1, 2011.
At this point in time, customers can choose between no less than 6 different cache size options. Depending on their needs they go as low as 128MB or as high as 4GB for caching to speed up their apps.
The prices of the different cache sizes are the following:
- 128 MB cache for $45.00/month
- 256 MB cache for $55.00/month
- 512 MB cache for $75.00/month
- 1 GB cache for $110.00month
- 2 GB cache for $180.00/month
- 4 GB cache for $325.00/month
"The service is billed on a monthly basis, based on the cache size you sign up for. You can also sign up for more than one cache and use these multiple caches in order to get a total cache size that is different or bigger than the standard cache sizes we provide," AppFavric team added.
[Source: Windows Azure AppFabric Team Blog]