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Windows Server AppFabric reached the Beta 2 and is available for download

On Monday, March 1st, Windows Server AppFabric reached the Beta 2 milestone and is publicly available for download.  First announced at PDC 2009, Windows Server AppFabric is a set of application services focused on improving the speed, scale, and management of Web, Composite, and Enterprise applications.  
Developers and IT Pros can expect the following benefits from Windows Server AppFabric:
Faster Web Apps Made Easy
Windows Server AppFabric helps developers improve the speed and availability of web applications through distributed in-memory caching and replication technology that works with current ASP.NET applications.
Simplified Composite Apps
Developers can simplify the development of composite applications with the pre-built application services in Windows Server AppFabric, used in conjunction with Visual Studio tools and .NET Framework capabilities (ASP.NET, WCF and WF). IT Pros can also simplify the deployment, monitoring, and management of composite applications with configuration and monitoring capabilities that are integrated with familiar tools (PowerShell, IIS Manager, and System Center).
Enterprise Performance and Availability
An enterprise’s most important and demanding applications can achieve elastic scale, performance, availability, and reliability (benefits often associated with the cloud) with the help of Windows Server AppFabric. These and countless other benefits from an unparalleled partner ecosystem utilize familiar skills from the .NET Framework and Windows Server.
Additional Resources:

Information (including download link) for Windows Azure AppFabric:
Gartner Research Report: Microsoft AppFabric: A Platform for the Cloud Era is Under Construction
Microsoft News Center feature story on Windows Server & Windows Azure platform AppFabric:
Beta2 Blog Post on Windows Server Blog:
Additional information on Windows Server AppFabric:


Memeo Connect- A Desktop Application for Google Docs

Memeo Connect is a Desktop Application which integrates Google Docs abilities and brings it live on a desktop application. This tool is in pre-order now, and its available for Mac and Windows on Jan 18th, 2010.

Using this tool you can,

Access any files locally from any desktop
Memeo Connect continuously syncs your Google Docs account with your desktop ensuring that you will always have access to your files, especially when you are offline.

Edit your Google Docs files offline
Memeo Connect provides you the ability to edit and sync any Google Docs files using Microsoft Office…it’s the perfect answer when you have to work offline.

Easily and quickly import all your files into Google Docs
Memeo Connect makes it even easier and faster to migrate all your files and folders into Google Docs, even preserving your original folder structure in the process.

Accurate offline viewing
Memeo Connect allows you to simply save all your Google Docs files as PDF files for accurate viewing offline when editing is not a requirement.

Store previous versions of your files, locally
Memeo Connect adds an additional layer of functionality by storing previous versions of your local files, allowing them to be recalled later

You can claim your copy by registering in their website here

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Share your files on the Internet Cloud with Google Docs

The Long Awaited GDrive is officially announced. Its not a new product, but an addition to the existing Google Docs. This service was finally launched, after creating a lot of expectation. Skydrive is another well known product from Microsoft, which provides similar facility.

Instead of emailing files to yourself, which is particularly difficult with large files, you can upload to Google Docs any file up to 250 MB. You’ll have 1 GB of free storage for files you don’t convert into one of the Google Docs formats (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), and if you need more space, you can buy additional storage for $0.25 per GB per year. This makes it easy to backup more of your key files online, from large graphics and raw photos to unedited home videos taken on your smartphone. You might even be able to replace the USB drive you reserved for those files that are too big to send over email.

Combined with shared folders, you can store, organize, and collaborate on files more easily using Google Docs. For example, if you are in a club or PTA working on large graphic files for posters or a newsletter, you can upload them to a shared folder for collaborators to view, download, and print.

Google Apps Premier Edition users can also use the Google Documents List Data API to upload files to Google Docs in batch, or purchase applications offered by third parties that enable you to migrate and sync your files to Google Docs.

You can also search for document files you’ve uploaded or that have been shared with you just like you do with your Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDFs. And you’ll be able to view many common document file types with the Google Docs viewer.

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Webinar: Cloud Computing for Enterprises

Cloud computing’s pay-per-use model means you only have to pay for the servers you need, for as long as you need them. The cost savings can be impressive. However, this rapid provisioning of computing resources also gives enterprises near-instant scalability, without massive capital investment or the need to install over-specified systems to cope with occasional peaks in demand.

webinarWith growing numbers of enterprises implementing cloud computing strategies that cut costs and boost business agility, this FREE Sun webinar describes some of the key concepts, discusses the issues and suggests how to evaluate the potential benefits for your organisation.

What the webinar includes:

* Case studies on how four organisations are benefitting
* Public clouds versus private clouds, and when to use a hybrid approach
* Assessing security, legal, governance and reliability issues

Register and View the Webinar here!!!