During today TechEd keynote, Microsoft announced that the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP June release will introduce new capabilities that make it easy for developers to build, deploy, manage and monitor multi-tier applications (across web, business logic and database tiers) as a single logical entity.
These new capabilities consist of:
- AppFabric Developer Tools which are enhancements to Visual Studio that enable to visually design and build end-to-end applications on the Windows Azure platform.
- AppFabric Application Manager which are runtime capabilities that enable automatic deployment, management and monitoring of the end-to-end application, and is supported by visual monitoring and analytics from within the cloud management portal.
- Composition Model which are a set of .NET Framework extensions for composing applications on the Windows Azure platform. This builds on the familiar Azure Service Model concepts and adds new capabilities for describing and integrating the components of an application. The Composition Model gets created by the AppFabric Developer Tools and used by the AppFabric Application Manager.
This CTP will also enable and make it easy to build, deploy, manage and monitor Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) services on AppFabric.