BizTalk Server 2006 R3
Once SQL Server 2008 becomes generally available, we will follow with an updated version of BizTalk Server designed for the latest versions of Windows Server, the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and SQL Server. This will mean that BizTalk Server customers will continue to take full advantage of the platform’s latest improvements including: scalability for mission-critical workloads, improved support for next-generation web and service oriented applications, improved virtualization support and better business insight through Office.
We are also taking the opportunity as part of this BizTalk Server release to deliver additional customer-requested capabilities for our core SOA infrastructure. We will give more updates on specific features in the coming months, but at a high level we are planning some new investments in the release that includes:
- New web service registry capabilities with support for UDDI (Universal Description Discovery and Integration) version 3.0
- Enhanced service enablement of applications (through new and enhanced adapters for LOB applications, databases, and legacy/host systems)
- Enhanced service enablement of “edge” devices through BizTalk RFID Mobile
- Enhanced interoperability and connectivity support for B2B protocols (like SWIFT, EDI, etc)
- SOA patterns and best practices guidance to assist our customer’s implementations
Read more about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/stevemar/
At the latest MS Belux SOA/BPM Architect Forum, we had a discussion about UDDI support on the MS platform. Hereunder more info about that topic:
"As part of this next BizTalk Server release, we will be transitioning the packaging/distribution of Microsoft’s UDDI capabilities from Windows Server over to BizTalk Server. Given the close relationship of web service registries with metadata repository technologies, it makes sense to more closely align the distribution and evolution of Microsoft’s registry/repository functionality. As a result, we will be deprecating UDDI v2 services out of the next major version of Windows Server, and offering an enhanced registry (UDDI v3 compatible) with BizTalk Server’s next release. (Current UDDI v2 customers will be receive guidance on how to move to UDDI v3 capabilities in a straight-forward manner.) This enables a core foundational element of your SOA infrastructure, and helps prepare for some of the forthcoming modeling and repository investments planned in our “Oslo” wave of products."