Today we are proudly announcing the preview release of Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS). We have collaborated with multiple partners and customers to build a simple, powerful and extensible cloud-based integration service that provides Business-to-Business (B2B) and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capabilities for delivering cloud and hybrid integration solutions. The service runs on a secure, dedicated per tenant environment that you can provision on demand, while it is being managed and operated by Microsoft.
Using the different offerings from Windows Azure users can create applications that run on the cloud. However, given the fact that these applications operate in their own ‘space’ on the cloud but at the same time need to interact with other on-premise or cloud applications, there is a need to bridge the message and transport protocol mismatch between these disparate applications. Bridging these mismatches is the realm of integration. There can be different forms of integration.
WABS provides rich EAI capabilities in providing config driven design tools to bridge the message and transport protocol mismatch between two disparate systems. To name just a few of WABS EAI capabilities:
The WABS B2B solution, which comprises of the BizTalk Services Portal and B2B pipelines, enables customers to add trading partners and configure B2B pipelines that can be deployed to WABS. The trading partners will then be able to send EDI messages using HTTP, AS2, and FTP transports. Once the message is received, it will be processed by the B2B pipeline deployed on the cloud and will be routed to the destination configured in the B2B pipeline. Few of the WABS EDI capabilities are:
Follow this link to get started with provisioning your own BizTalk Service. You will need a Windows Azure account. If you do not have one, you can sign up for a no-obligation Free Trial.
Please refer to the below links for more information.
SDK, EDI Schemas and Tools
BizTalk Service Forums
BizTalk Team Blog
Keep a lookout for more blogs in the near future explaining more of WABS capabilities. We are extremely excited by the opportunities that WABS is going to open up and hope that the community will continue to invest in WABS as we have, driving its evolution.