Microsoft recently released the beta release of BizTalk Server 2013. The first good news is that the initial name (BizTalk 2010 R2) has changed to BizTalk 2013, indicating it will be a major release, providing longer support to our customers!
The beta contains the following capabilities:
•Integration with Windows Azure Service Bus – these are mainly out-of-the-box adapters for Windows Azure Service Bus (both messaging & relay)
•Support for REST – seeing the web- & device-world move to a REST-oriented approach, it is a very good thing to see support for REST in BizTalk 2013. And this is not only for consuming, but also for exposing RESTful services!
•SFTP adapter – this has been a request for years and it’s with great relief that a true SFTP adapter will be part of BizTalk 2013
•ESB Toolkit – The ESB toolkit has been one of the most unclear parts of BizTalk since its inception. From guidance over toolkit and now ending up as part of the product. The configuration experience is much better, which is already good.
•Dependency tracking – the administration console now shows the dependencies between artifacts
•Other changes – enhanced SharePoint adapter, improvements in send ports…
•Host Integration Server- that comes with the BizTalk license, also has some improvements in the following areas: DB2 integration, TI management, Support for MQ v7.5 & v7.1
What first looked like a pure platform update (aligning with SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, .NET 4.5) now has changed to a big upgrade with a lot of enhancements to the product.