Today we are excited to announce the release of the Windows Azure AppFabric
June CTP which includes 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
on the Windows Azure
Platform.

This CTP release consists:

  • AppFabric Developer Tools – Enhancements to Visual Studio that enable
    to visually design and build end-to-end applications on the Windows Azure
    platform.
  • AppFabric Application Manager – Powerful, yet easy way to host and
    manage n-tier applications that span web, middle and data-tier through the
    entire application lifecycle including deployment, configuration, monitoring and
    troubleshooting. The Application Manager includes a comprehensive application
    management portal that is powered by a REST API for monitoring the health of
    your n-tier application and performing management operations on the running
    applications.
  • Composition Model – 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 AppFabric Developer Tools leverage the
    composition model to create an application manifest that is used by the
    AppFabric Application Manager at deployment time to understand the application
    structure and metadata.
  • Support for running Custom Code, WCF, WF – Formal support for
    executing Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) on Windows Azure and the composition
    of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and WF services, as well as custom
    code, into a composite application. In addition, it provides enhanced
    development, deployment, management and monitoring support for WCF and WF
    services.

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