On Mar 21, we announced the RTM of BizTalk Server 2013. As of April 1 the English version of Biztalk Server 2013 is now generally available (GA), and the other language versions will be GA on May 1. 

One of the exciting features of BizTalk Server 2013 is support for running in Windows Azure.  The Windows Azure team announced today the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, and we are now announcing that BizTalk Server 2013 is live on Infrastructure Services and in the image gallery.

Prebuilt images for you to deploy in minutes

We are enabling the following BizTalk images in Windows Azure:

  • BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise
  • BizTalk Server 2013 Standard
  • BizTalk Server 2013 Evaluation

The Enterprise and Standard images contain BizTalk Server 2013 and its pre-requisites already installed. These images are targeted towards scaled out BizTalk Server environments. SQL Server images are also available in the platform gallery as part of the Infrastructure Services general availability. To create a BizTalk Server scaled out environment, you can provision the required number of BizTalk nodes as well as the backend SQL nodes, before configuring the BizTalk group.

The Evaluation image will help you get started with the evaluation bits of BizTalk Server 2013 and SQL Server 2012. You can create an eval image and configure a BizTalk Group to get started.

Licensing options

BizTalk Server 2013 will be available for use in Windows Azure Infrastructure Services through license mobility and per-hour licensing options.

With the license mobility option, you can use your existing BizTalk Server 2013 licenses. You can install BizTalk Server 2013 on a Windows Server instance in Windows Azure, using the installer obtained through your license. With the per-hour licensing model, you provision off one of the gallery images mentioned earlier. Similar to other cloud services, you will pay on a usage basis, prorated hourly. To learn more about the per-hour pricing, click here.

Get started

We are excited to enable BizTalk Server 2013 images in Windows Azure. The best way to get started is to try this yourself. We hope you do and you can provide us feedback through our MSDN forums.

 Cheers

The BizTalk Team