Microsoft today released the public beta of BizTalk Server 2009 along with modules aimed at simplifying RFID deployments.
The BizTalk Server 2009 beta is the first public test version of Microsoft's latest services oriented architecture (SOA)-based integration platform. Microsoft indicated in September that the beta release was imminent. The live version is still on pace to ship in the first half of 2009, said Burley Kawasaki, a director with Microsoft's connected systems division.
"It's a feature complete release," Kawasaki said. "We're looking forward to gaining a lot more feedback on the release as part of finalizing it." The beta is available for download from Microsoft's Connect Web site to existing BizTalk customers subscribing to Microsoft's Software Assurance licensing program.
There are no major surprises in the release, commented Forrester analyst Ken Vollmer, but it is an important upgrade. "BizTalk has been widely used for low-end b-to-b connectivity, but it's gradually maturing and growing into a much more capable product in the enterprise integration space," Vollmer said.
BizTalk Server 2009 supports the latest versions of Microsoft's platform, notably the Windows Communications Foundation (WCF) component of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. With that comes support for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the latest releases of SQL Server and Windows Server. It also will support native Hyper-V, improved clustering, improved failover clustering, and added adaptors and host integration interfaces. It has a new registry based on the UDDI 3.0 specifications.