Microsoft on Monday announced the Azure Service Fabric, which is a new tool in its cloud platform. The tool, according to Microsoft, will help developers scale their cloud services with enough customization controls. The software giant says it has been working on the product for more than five years, and has carried out internal experiment with the product to power some of its services, which include the new Skype for Business and Cortana. The company insists that it is not just a variant of what it uses, but the exact same thing.
“Today we are excited to announce an additional offering – Azure Service Fabric – that provides a high control platform that enables developers and ISVs to build cloud services with a high degree of scalability and customization. Service Fabric was born from our years of experience delivering mission-critical cloud services and has been in production for more than five years,” Microsoft said.
Microsoft, according to a post on its blog has been able to build a platform, which the company claims “intrinsically understands the available infrastructure resources and needs of applications, enabling automatically updating, self-healing behaviour.”
Service Fabrics offers some amazing features including the following:
- It supports creating both stateless and stateful microservices – an architectural approach where complex applications are composed of small, independently versioned services – to power the most complex, low-latency, data-intensive scenarios and scale them into the cloud.
- Provides the benefits of orchestration and automation for microservices with new levels of app awareness and insight.
- Solves hard distributed systems problems like state management and provides application lifecycle management capabilities so developers don’t have to re-architect their applications as usage grows.
- Includes Visual Studio tooling as well as command line support, which enables developers to quickly and easily build, test, debug, deploy and update their Service Fabric applications on single-box deployments, test deployments and production deployments.
Microsoft said a developer preview of its new tool will be made available at BUILD conference in early May. This according to the company will enable it get early feedback. It also promised to deliver the “solution on-premises” in the next version of its Windows Server.
Though, this initial release is solely for Windows, Microsoft has assured that support for Linux will be made available sometime in the future.
More details about the Azure Service Fabrics will be made available next week on BUILD; where demos and sessions will be revealed.
Microsoft is one heck of a company. We have another article describing what they have been up to here.
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