S Replacing AppFabric With NCache

Replacing AppFabric With NCache

Gowtham K

By Gowtham K


What is AppFabric?

Microsoft's AppFabric for Windows Server is middleware consisting of two main features, AppFabric Hosting deploy and manage Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), workflows that are hosted in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services. Additionally, it contains an extension for IIS that allows performance and workflow monitoring along with PowerShell commands to manage persistence, hosting, and monitoring tasks. AppFabric caching, the second main feature, is an in-memory, distributed cache that runs on one or more on-premises servers to provide a performance and scalability boost for .NET Framework applications. AppFabric caches stored data in key-value pairs using the physical memory across multiple servers.

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AppFabric Lifecycle

AppFabric uses Microsoft's fixed lifecycle policy, which indicates that mainstream support for AppFabric 1.1 ended on April 11, 2017. Extended support lasts until April 12, 2022. Microsoft has added one additional note:

AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server support ends on the date indicated unless distributed as a component of SharePoint Server 2013, 2016, and 2019. Components receive the same support as their parent product or platform.

To replace AppFabric, Microsoft has created a migration guide, detailing which products Microsoft recommends using. This primarily includes the usage of NCache or Redis Cache services. Please click here to read more about it.

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