The Windows Azure AppFabric Caching Service was released yesterday as a production service. Previously this service has been available as a CTP service only. I’m thrilled to see this service being made available now as a production level service. I think the caching service is a huge feature for those doing scalable, robust services on the Windows Azure platform. No longer do you need to implement your own “caching service invented here” solution, or go through the steps to implement another caching solution for your Windows Azure hosted solutions.
As a CTP service, Windows Azure AppFabric Caching was free. Now that as a production service you would expect that to change, right? Not so fast my friend! The service is being made available for free until August 1, 2011. After the free promo period ends in August, pricing for the service will vary based on the size of the cache you request – ranging from $45/month for a 128 MB cache to $325/month for a 4GB cache. Be sure to check your platform offer as you might be able to get some caching for free as part of the offer.
Unfortunelty I haven’t had a chance to really dive into the caching service much yet. I’m hopeful I will soon though. When I do, I’ll be sure to post any tips/tricks or thoughts here. In the meantime, here are a few good places to go to help get you started with the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching Service.
- “Introducing the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching Service”, Karandeep Anand and Wade Wegner, MSDN Magazine
- Announcement on the Windows Azure AppFabric Team Blog – links to detailed pricing, FAQs, videos, etc.
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