I’m a bit late because of my extended bout of 100% travel, much of it disconnected, but I thought I’d do a post about this anyhow because it is a very significant piece of news.

Microsoft has announced that what was previously being called BizTalk Server 2006R3 has been renamed to BizTalk Server 2009.

Why is this announcement important? Because, if you’ve been following my blog and others, you know that Oslo and a wave of other technologies is heading towards us, and that there will be a first-release of some of this at the PDC in October. Many people are probably wondering: what does this mean to existing BizTalk customers? Are their investments protected? Is there a migration path? Is migration something that needs to be done? The BizTalk Server 2009 announcement should go a long way to reassuring people that their investments are protected, and that there is a BizTalk future in Oslo-land.

In the announcement, Microsoft also reaffirmed their commitment to continuing to release new versions of BizTalk Server at 2 year intervals.

Key highlights of what will be in BizTalk Server 2009 are:

  • Support for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio .NET 2008 and SQL Server 2008
  • Support for Hyper-V virtualization
  • A new version of Microsoft’s ESB Guidance (more on this later, it’s an impressive release)
  • UDDI 3.0
  • Team Foundation Services integration (MSBuild)
  • EDI Enhancements
  • RFID support for LLRP protocol, TDT standard, and Mobility stack
  • New SQL and Oracle Apps adapters
  • Upgrades for .NET 3.5 compatibility
  • SWIFT enhancements

For more info:

  • You can read more about this at the press pass interview with Connected Systems GM Oliver Sharp
  • You can read more about BizTalk Server 2009, and beyond, at the BizTalk Roadmap page
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