BizTalk Server 2010 R2 Announced

10 December 2011 20:22

After nine months of silence from the BizTalk team, we now know why. The BizTalk folks are busy developing the next version of BizTalk, BizTalk Server 2010 R2. The release date is currently scheduled approximately six months following the release of Windows Server 8, which at the time of writing is yet to be announced.

In BizTalk Server 2010 R2 you can expect:

Updated Platform support

New Platforms and Infrastructure

  • Windows Server 8
  • SQL Server 2012

Increased Developer and IT Productivity

  • Visual Studio 11 and Windows 8 to develop solutions
  • In-place migration from BizTalk Server 2010

Extended Platform Integration

  • DB2 client connectivity to SQL Server, conversion of commands to T-SQL, migration of packages to stored procedures
  • Adapter connectivity to new data sources, including IBM Informix V11 and IBM IMS/DB V11

Improved B2B

Agile Alignment to Industry Standards

  • Regular updates to schemas, accelerators certifications and adapters. Highlights include:
  • Healthcare: HIPPA 5010 extensions: 2777CA, 999, HL7 2.5.1
  • Finance: SWIFT SRG 2011 support, SWIFT SRG 2012, SWIFTNet 7.0 (new messaging platform)

Improved Performance and Scalability

  • HL7 MLLP adapter performance improvements
  • Better performance with ordered send ports
  • Enhanced scale out configuration with multiple hosts
  • Expanded adapter options for faster batch processing

Ready for the Cloud

Extend on-premises solutions to the cloud

  • Easily extend your on-premises BizTalk Server solution to the cloud in a secure manner
  • Tighter integration of on-premises BizTalk Server applications with Windows Azure Service Bus

Improved Licensing

  • Adjustments to licensing that are geared towards cloud hosting, including:
  • Purchase from a hoster on a monthly basis (SPLA)
  • Register your existing license with a hoster (License Mobility)

I’m personally interested in the ‘Ready for the Cloud’ features to extend on-site solutions to the cloud and costs for Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA).

Like BizTalk Server 2009 R2, I’m guessing this release will also be renamed (BizTalk Server 2013?).

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