Why Microsoft Says BizTalk

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-08-31 Print this article Print

Server Beats ESB"> BizTalk Server 2006 will be officially launched on Nov. 7 and is expected to be available in the first quarter of next year. BizTalk Server is an integration and business process server. In addition to its functions listed above, BizTalk Server maintains management and deployment of connected systems. Also on Nov. 7, Microsoft plans to launch Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. Meanwhile, Microsoft said its strategy regarding BizTalk offers more value to users when compared to ESBs.
"Customers choosing BizTalk Server may choose to deploy solutions utilizing only the ESB-like functionality or they may choose to deploy solutions utilizing the complete BPM [business process management] functionality," the paper said.
"With a consistent architecture there is no second product acquisition and learning cycle required and customers pay for the CPUs they have deployed." In addition, Microsoft said its WCF Web services framework offers the broadest support for WS-* specifications. "In its first release, WCF will support the following WS-* specifications: SOAP [Simple Object Access Protocol], WSDL [Web Services Description Language], WS-Addressing, MTOM [Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism], WS-Policy, WS-Security, WS-Trust, WS-SecureConversation, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-AtomicTransaction, and WS-Coordination as well as the foundational specifications of XML, XSD [XML Schema Definition] and XPath." And in addition to supporting a variety of Web services specifications, the WCF programming model supports "ASMX, WSE, .Net Enterprise Services, .Net Remoting, and MSMQ [Microsoft Message Queuing]—enabling developers to build distributed applications with a range of communication requirements using a familiar programming language and development environment," the paper said. The paper continued, "In contrast, ESBs typically rely on a fragmented approach to integrating applications that requires writing snippets of Java and JavaScript along with XSLT, XML schemas and WSDL files." In essence, this wont cut it, Microsoft said. "In recent years, the ESB has become a new segment in the EAI [enterprise application integration] market that attempts to address the intersection of Web services and traditional Message-oriented middleware," the paper said. "ESBs are a transitional technology that does not address the broad range of integration scenarios required by enterprises today." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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