Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of BizTalk Server 2009. BizTalk Server 2009 is available now to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) customers and will be made available broadly in nine languages — Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish — on May 1. With this release, Microsoft has made substantial investments in BizTalk Server to enhance integration and connectivity to make it easier for customers to efficiently bring together data and personnel within their organization and across organizational boundaries.
With upfront costs that are often less than offers from other vendors, BizTalk Server 2009 empowers customers to use industry standards and line-of-business adapters to more efficiently link partner as well as internal information systems across various domains. To see how early adopters including Sempra, Bankdata and Xbox are already using BizTalk Server check out these new case studies:
Other key improvements in the BizTalk Server 2009 release include new and enhanced capabilities that provide customers with:
· Simple, cost-effective service-oriented architecture (SOA) connectivity.
· Increased developer productivity.
· Better visibility into data and activities.
· The ability to take advantage of the benefits of virtualization.
· Simple RFID solutions.
· Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) made easier.
Additionally, BizTalk Server 2009 expands support for the latest Microsoft application platform technologies, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. With the expanded platform support in BizTalk Server 2009, customers can now deliver connected systems that are more flexible and manageable, as well as more cost effective to develop and maintain.
BizTalk Server 2009 is again offered in four editions: Enterprise, Standard, Branch, and Developer. There will be no price increase over previous versions, and customers interested in upgrading to BizTalk Server 2009 can access complete pricing and licensing information on May 1 for all versions of BizTalk Server 2009 at http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/en/us/default.aspx.
For additional information and to access the BizTalk Server 2009 press release, please visit the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Virtual Press Kit here.