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BizTalk Server 2013 Roadmap

Written by Craig Butler on January 4, 2013

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The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated

Mark Twain said this when it was thought that he had been lost at sea.  The same can be said about the recent history of Microsoft’s BizTalk Server.  The often misunderstood but very powerful on-premise integration tool has flown under the radar for most of 2012.  That all changes in this year as a new release of the product is due in early 2013.

The BizTalk product team is releasing a series of new features and updates to allow developers to use all the latest Microsoft platform products.  Here are a few of the highlighted features coming with BizTalk Server 2013

  • Platform Support – BizTalk Server 2013 will provide support Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012.
  • RESTful Services Adapter – BizTalk Server 2013 will now have the out of the box capability to consume and expose REST services.
  • Deeper integration with Azure Service Bus– As the Azure platform evolves and more customers are looking to leverage the cloud, integration with on-premise resources become more important.  By providing deeper integration with Azure, BizTalk Server will allow customers to seamlessly migrate applications into the cloud.
  • SharePoint Adapter Updates– The experience of the SharePoint adapter has been greatly improved with the 2013 release.  Removed now is the dependency on SharePoint resources, while still providing backwards compatibility.
  • SFTP Adapter – One of the biggest asks from customers has been the need for an SFTP adapter out of the box and now we finally get it.
  • ESB Toolkit integration – Helping Microsoft Patterns & Practices develop the initial release of the ESB Toolkit 1.0 in 2007 was one of the more satisfying professional developments of my career.  It’s really great to see the efforts are now 100% integrated with BizTalk 2013.  Improved installation and deployment are now available in the BizTalk installation process.
  • BizTalk Server running on Azure IaaS – While this has been unofficially supported in BizTalk Server 2010, the 2013 edition fully supports workloads that you wish to deploy on the Azure IaaS.  I will have a more detailed post on this in a few days, but it’s a great option for those who need infrastructure to develop and test BizTalk Server deployments.

Along with all the new features, BizTalk will continue to provide all the enterprise LOB adapters and the enterprise ready size, scale and reliability that has always accompanied the product.  Under the hood, nothing radical has changed, just the continuation of tuning the engine.  All of your existing BizTalk Server skills will work just fine with BizTalk Server 2013.

The BizTalk Server product group hosted an education event in Redmond, WA on December 10-11 for all its US customers and strategic partners.  For those of you who are in Europe, the product team will be repeating the event on the following cities & dates:

These events will cover the following topics:

  • Keynote – Vision and Roadmap for BizTalk
  • What’s new in BizTalk on-premises and in the Cloud
  • Deep Dive on BizTalk Server 2013
  • B2B Integration with BizTalk-related services on Windows Azure

I was unable to attend and if you were not able to join, you can grab a copy of the Roadmap presentation from here.

I am really excited about the renewed marketing and messaging effort from the BizTalk Server product team.  The product is going on strong and will do so for the years to come.  Microsoft has committed to delivering a “Cloud OS”.  In doing so, integration will be a critical component to making that happen.  I think the future remains bright for customers continued investment in on-premise integration using BizTalk Server 2013 and beyond.

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