Microsoft delivers a new test build of key private-cloud building block
Microsoft is making available for download on May 20 the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows Server AppFabric
, a key piece of its private-cloud infrastructure. The final version of Windows Server AppFabric will be out in June, officials said.
Microsoft also is making available a first public beta of its BizTalk Server 2010 integration server
today. The 2010 BizTalk release adds support for Windows Server AppFabric and will be released to manufacturing in the third calendar quarter of 2010, the Redmondians said.
Microsoft will be highlighting the role of these two products as part of its evolving private-cloud strategy
via an “Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch Event,”
which kicks off today at 11:30 a.m. (ET). There will be webcasts and a virtual trade show highlighting Windows Server AppFabric, BizTalk Server 2010 and related infrastructure wares.
Windows Server AppFabric is the new name for several Windows infrastructure components, including the “Dublin” app server and “Velocity” caching technology
Microsoft is touting Windows Server AppFabric as providing elasticity and high availability for Web applications, as well as delivering more development and management of on-premises Windows apps. Windows Server AppFabric requires Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 and will be free to customers with Standard and Enterprise editions of those products.