Azure BizTalk Microservices Platform
On December 3rd in Redmond, the BizTalk product team announced Microsoft’s plan for its Azure BizTalk Microservices platform. Partners at the global BizTalk Integration Summit learned about this shift in paradigm that will open the doors for easily adopting cloud as well as hybrid interoperability solutions.
With the Microservice architecture, Microsoft is bringing the rich capabilities of the BizTalk Server platform as discrete and independent services to Azure. Microservice Architecture is a concept with the purpose of decoupling a solution by breaking down functionality into separate bits of services. The BizTalk Server capabilities that we know such as, EDI, Validation, Adapters, BRE, transformation and others will be exposed as individual Microservices that can be consumed as part of an overall solution. Microservices will be connected and orchestrated through the new workflow engine. Along with the underlying Azure platform, Microservices will provide a foundation to build, deploy and manage enterprise grade interoperability solutions in the cloud. With a focus on integration, the new platform will have a common application container and cross-platform extensibility model, along with out of the box SaaS connectivity.
The Microservices capabilities will also be made available on-premise through Azure Pack. Customers and partners can gain the full benefit of running the solution on the cloud or manage the solution on premise. As BizTalk Services continues to align more with the overall Microsoft Azure strategy, Microsoft is still committed to enhancing and supporting the BizTalk Server platform. BizTalk Server is still continuing to evolve; developers will be seeing a new Server update in 2015 coupled with continuous support that will go on for another 10+ years to support large enterprise integration scenarios. By the end of the first quarter of 2015, Microsoft is expected to showcase the first preview of Azure BizTalk Microservices so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements.