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Biztalk has long been a personal marker for me; Something I could always use to determine whether Microsoft was able to work around MLE.
Biztalk was .Net's chauffer to bring Microsoft into corporations to build large interoperational frameworks. The XML Web Services concept has been a major effort within Microsoft for over six years.
But Biztalk has long been considered a "failure" (note how few customers Microsoft Biztalk has even after such a long time:"over 7000 customers" http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/en/us/default.aspx ) because it could not be interoperational across the board - across any platform on any network basis. Like I said, it's been a personal marker for me as it was the canary in the coal mine which would tell me immediately if Microsoft was able to develop something that would do what MLE/Emily (later to become patent 7076521) could do ... aka a "workaround".
All this time and Microsoft is only now able to speak of Biztalk with some form of nascent, budding pride.
Read about Microsoft's Biztalk future now after the settlement with VCSY.
September 8, 2008 2:05 PM
by Joe Wilcox
More BizTalk Coming in 2009
News Brief. I had wondered why Microsoft planned BizTalk Server 2006 R3. The renamed BizTalk Server 2009 makes more sense.
Microsoft revealed the renaming today. A 2006 product would have been out of place shipped in 2008 or 2009.
The change moves BizTalk from a minor release to new full version. Microsoft released BizTalk Server 2006 R2 a year ago this week, on Sept. 10, 2007. The new version is expected to ship during the first half of 2009. A public CTP, or Community Technology Preview, is planned for later this year.
The new nomenclature is about more than just versions: It reflects how BizTalk is growing up. There have been plenty of Microsoft server software changes that a new BizTalk version should support.
My eWEEK colleage Darryl Taft has the skinny on BizTalk Server 2009. But in brief, the new software will support:
Oslo modeling platform
Windows Server 2008
Hyper-V Server 2008
.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
SQL Server 2008
Visual Studio SP1
Team Foundation Server
Microsoft claims there are 8,200 BizTalk customers today.
Please read Darryl's story for full details. Microsoft also has posted a Q&A on its PressPass site.
Darryll's story: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Enterprise-Applications/Microsoft-Announces-BizTalk-Server-2009/
Microsoft's Q&A: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/sep08/09-05BizTalk.mspx
Biztalk was a precursor to Sharepoint.
The BizTalk Server runtime is built on a publish/subscribe architecture, sometimes called "content-based publish/subscribe". Messages are published into the system, and then received by one or more active subscribers."
Hmmm. Messaging affiliation. Sound like anything we know? Biztalk has always been a good idea poorly done. It's never been able to scale well and has always been kind of a "wanna be" in Microsoft products. As Hoe Wilcox (woops, typo!) notes Biztalk has 8200 Biztalk customers today. All that's about to change.
It's no longer IF VCSY technology is being used to advance Microsoft products beyond their crippled state to walk again. No miracle. No mystery. The only mystery is WHEN will VCSY release news about what's going on.
From the Wikipedia article:
BizTalk uses adapters for communications with different protocols, and specific software products such as Sharepoint. Some of the adapters that were included in Server 2006 product included the Base EDI (Covast), File, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, SOAP, SQL, MSMQT, Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 2.0, and the Windows SharePoint Service (WSS) adapters. Some are available through third parties."
"Adapters" are a Microsoft euphemism for middleware packages. Middleware connects data resources of one type with data resources of another type so the processing parts on either side may interoperate with each other. 521 is dynamic middleware which provides not only the ability to interconnect different data resources, it provides a pliable and granular processing method BETWEEN the disparate data resources... placing processing power precisely where it need be used.
Here's a Biztalk discussion forum: http://www.biztalkgurus.com/
Microsoft BizTalk gets surprise reprieve, new road map
Host of new features coming early next year in version upgrade
By John Fontana , Network World , 09/08/2008
Microsoft Friday reversed course on the fate of BizTalk Server, renaming the next version and setting a road map that calls for a major releases of the middleware every two years.
The decision to continue developing the Microsoft middleware came as a surprise to some, as BizTalk was to be a launching pad for Microsoft's forthcoming "Oslo" technologies that include messaging (Windows Communications Foundation), workflow (Windows Workflow Foundation) and modeling tools.
"It is pretty surprising and I have not seen this big a reversal from Microsoft in a while," says Rob Helm, an analyst with independent analyst firm Directions on Microsoft. "They might be reluctant to yank what is now a fairly successful product for an unproven technology platform."
Microsoft says what was supposed to be BizTalk Server 2006 R3 will now be called BizTalk Server 2009. The full release is slated to ship in the first half of next year. In addition, the company says it will provide details on another new version, code-named BizTalk 7, in the early part of next year.
Ahhhh... so now we get another hint at what "7" means to Microsoft.
Wednesday August 13, 2008
Booster for cloud computing
KUALA LUMPUR: Microsoft has developed the building blocks that software developers will need when writing cloud computing applications.
Currently in its beta stage, the product will only be detailed at the upcoming Microsoft Professional Developers Conference on Oct 27 in Los Angeles, an annual event organised by the software giant.
At Tech.Ed SEA 2008 here on Tuesday, Microsoft senior technical evangelist Nigel Watling said Microsoft has spent a year developing the product, tentatively named BizTalk Services.
So now the marker is become a foundation stone.
Congratulations, Microsoft. You finally figured out what you needed to build a next generation framework. It certainly took you long enough.
Posted by Portuno Diamo
at 10:03 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 10 September 2008 11:03 AM EDT