Introduction

For those of you who haven’t heard about AppFabric yet, check out the Windows Server AppFabric Learning Center on MSDN. The first version is out now and can be downloaded here.

One key functionality of AppFabric that caught my attention was its caching feature also known as Velocity (Project Code Name). To quote MSDN:

For Web applications, AppFabric provides caching capabilities to provide high-speed access, scale, and high availability to application data.

Sounds interesting, especially as I am building a web application which is going to be hosted in a web farm. Instead of using ASP.NET’s built-in caching option, which is tied to a single AppDomain and thus one web server, I can opt to use a cache powered by AppFabric which is shared across web servers.

Let’s see it in action…

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