BizTalk Server 2010 R2 Features Detailed, Coming Approx. 6 Months Following Windows Server 8 Release

Microsoft's BizTalk Server team today shared details about the next release: BizTalk Server 2010 R2. "BizTalk Server 2010 R2 will be delivered approximately 6 months following the release of Windows Server 8. Release timing for Windows Server 8 is yet to be announced and will be disclosed by the Windows Server team in the future," […]

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010Microsoft's BizTalk Server team today shared details about the next release: BizTalk Server 2010 R2. "BizTalk Server 2010 R2 will be delivered approximately 6 months following the release of Windows Server 8. Release timing for Windows Server 8 is yet to be announced and will be disclosed by the Windows Server team in the future," informed BizTalk team.

For those new, "BizTalk Server is Microsoft's integration and connectivity server and is one of the most deployed integration server in the industry. The company had released BizTalk Server 2010 on May 21, 2010."

BizTalk Server 2010 R2 will focus on three primary themes:

  • Platform Support - Supporting new and current server and development platforms
  • Improved B2B - Aligning with industry standards and continuing to invest in performance improvements
  • Ready for the Cloud - Enabling customers to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing

"We will continue the tradition of providing regular cumulative updates on a quarterly basis. These include updates to comply with Line-Of-Business (LOB) systems, schema changes, accelerator certifications, and bug fixes," the team said.

Here is a detailed view of the upcoming features (* Release dates for these products have not been disclosed yet):

Platform Support

Improved B2B

Ready for the Cloud

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

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

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)