Microsoft has unveiled the first public beta release of its BizTalk Server 2009 enterprise connectivity software, which can take advantage of virtualisation and enhanced failover clustering featured in Windows Server 2008.
Virtualisation is enabled by Windows Server 2008's Hyper-V virtualisation. "You can now start running as many instances of BizTalk Server that you want," says Burley Kawasaki, Microsoft director of product management for developer platform marketing.
Clustering capabilities let BizTalk be deployed in multi-site clustering environments without additional software or hardware.
The product offers scalability and reliability through its support of SQL Server 2008 database, Microsoft says.
"Part of the big focus of the release was building on top of the server infrastructure, and that really provides a lot of benefits," in terms of leveraging hardware, Kawasaki says.
Integration with Microsoft Visual Studio's Team System and Team Foundation Server application lifecycle management components enable application of BizTalk models around such processes as source code management and testing.
BizTalk Server also can connect with Oracle's E-Business Suite. Support by BizTalk is being extended to the most recent versions of IBM's CICS, IMS, and members of the IBM DB2 database line. The general release of BizTalk Server 2009 is due in the first half of 2009.