TechEd provided two sessions around BizTalk futures:
AZR 207: Application Integration Futures - The Road Map and What's Next on Windows Azure
AZR211: Building Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk On-Premises and on Windows Azure
Here is are some highlights from the two sessions at TechEd. Bala Sriram, Director of Development for BizTalk provided the introduction at the road map session and covered some key points around BizTalk:
More then 12,000 Customers
79% of BizTalk users have already adopted BizTalk Server 2010
BizTalk Server will be released for “years to come” after this release. I.e. There will be more releases of BizTalk after BizTalk 2010 R2.
BizTalk 2010 R2 will be releasing 6 months after Windows 8
New Azure (Cloud-based) BizTalk scenarios will be available in IaaS and PaaS
BizTalk Server on-premises, IaaS, and PaaS are complimentary and designed to work together
BizTalk Investments will be taken forward
The second session was mainly around drilling in and demonstrating the up and coming capabilities in BizTalk Server on-premise, IaaS, and PaaS:
Users will be able to bring their own or choose from a Azure IaaS template to quickly provision BizTalk Server virtual machines (VHDs)
BizTalk Server 2010 R2:
Native adapter to connect to Azure Service Bus Queues, Topics and Relay.
Native send port adapter for REST. Demonstrated this in connecting to Salesforce to get and update Salesforce information.
ESB Toolkit will be incorporate are part of product and setup
HTTP, FTP, Service Bus, LOB Application connectivity
XML and Flat File processing
Transformation, Archiving, Tracking
Content based routing