Microsoft Windows AppFabric

Windows AppFabric
Microsoft Corp.

Windows AppFabric is the SaaS platform for Microsoft Azure. It was originally called “.NET Services."

It provides a development environment for developing applications and services in the cloud but it can also be used in other Microsoft Windows Server environments. It works with applications running on Windows Azure, Windows Server and a number of other platforms including Java, Ruby, PHP and others. It provides a Service Bus for connectivity across network and organizational boundaries, and Access Control for federated authorization as a service.

At present, the SDK requires Windows Visual Studio 2008 or higher, or Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express; plus Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or higher.