BizTalk Server 2020… is coming at the end of CY 2019

Posted: June 12, 2019  |  Categories: BizTalk

After once again many speculations and controversy caused in INTEGRATE 2018 London event about the vNext release of BizTalk Server, promptly denied two weeks after the event with a formal announcement from the Microsoft Integration team, finally some excellent news for the Microsoft Integration community and all the clients out there that still consider MSFT Integration Stack the best in the market. Paul Larson announced in his session at INTEGRATE 2019 London event the release of BizTalk Server 2020 to be scheduled for the end of this year.

BizTalk Server 2020

Of course, one of the main reasons for this new version is about Platform Alignment. This new version will support:

  • SQL Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017 (still not sure if SQL Server 2016 will be also supported)
  • Windows Server 2019 and I’m almost sure that Windows Server 2016 will still be supported
  • .NET Framework 4.8
  • Visual Studio 2019
  • And Azure IaaS VMs

What can we expect… more in BizTalk Server 2020 release?

One of the greatest things for customers that are running BizTalk Server Standard Edition is that BizTalk Server 2020 already comes built-in with all BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack Features, that means that all these features are now part of the product in all versions:

  • A new set of cloud adapters:
    • Logic Apps adapter: that will allow you to easily connect and easily extend part of your integration with Azure Logic Apps, making it easier to implement robust hybrid solutions;
    • Service Bus adapter: that will allow you to send and receive messages with Azure Service Bus;
    • Event Hubs adapter: that will allow you to send and receive messages with Azure Event Hubs;
    • Office 365 Mail adapter: that will allow you to send and receive messages using Office 365 e-mail;
    • Office 365 Schedule adapter: that will allow you to set and update appointments using Office 365 schedules;
    • Office 365 Contact adapter: that will allow you to define people and groups using Office 365 contacts;
    • Blob Storage adapter: that will allow you to read and write binary files in Azure Blob Storage;
  • API Management connectivity: the availability to publish an Orchestration endpoint directly on Azure API Management;
  • Deployments with VSTS: Application Life cycle Management feature will help you to perform automatic deployments in an improved and easy way using Visual Studio Team System (VSTS);
  • Security features:
    • Transport Layer Security 1.2: TLS 1.2 is now fully supported in BizTalk Server. This includes all the adapters and accelerators. You can also disable SSL, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1 in BizTalk Server;
    • SQL Server Encrypted Data: You will be able to read and write to SQL Server always encrypted columns using BizTalk Server WCF-SQL adapter. The ColumnEncryptionSetting binding property is used to enable or disable the functionality to get decrypted/encrypted column values from an Always Encrypted database;
  • BizTalk Database Backup to Blob Storage: the availability to backup BizTalk Server databases, using the default backup job directly to an Azure Blob Storage;
  • Advanced Scheduling: the availability to set up recurrence on BizTalk Server receive locations with greater precision using times zones, months, weeks, and days;
  • Application Insights: the availability to send BizTalk Server tracking data to Application Insights for extensible analytics, to understand performance and usage of BizTalk Server;
  • Power BI operational data feed in BizTalk Server: Analyze and report BizTalk Server tracking data template, for use with Power Bi visualizations and dashboards;
  • Tracking data to Azure: the availability to send BizTalk tracking data to Azure Application Insights or Event Hubs
  • BizTalk Server Rest Management API’s: you will able to manage BizTalk Server environments using standard RESTful Web Services APIs. You will have now available REST-based API for pretty much for any management activities like retrieving Applications, Hosts, Send Ports, Receive Ports, Receive Locations, Orchestrations, Schemas, Maps, EDI specific things like Agreements, Batches, Parties, Policies, and so on.

But you may expect some small improvements like:

  • Administration (read-only): New set of privileged to access to the BizTalk Server Administration Console by allowing you to restrict unprivileged administrators to viewing existing configurations
  • Enterprise Single Sign-On 2020
  • and others not publicly available yet… let’s wait.

Along BizTalk Server 2020, we will also have a new version of Host Integration Server (HIS) with the same platform alignment that BizTalk Server but also with:

  • IBM platform alignment:
    • IBM z/OS 2.3
    • IBM I V7R3
    • IBM MQ 9
    • IBM CICS 5.4
    • IBM IMS V15
    • IBM BD2 V12
  • Enterprise Single Sign-On 2020
  • Software Development Kit

With this release, Microsoft continues to deliver a mature, reliable and stable integration server that honors the trust of the thousands of customers who run their mission-critical business processes on BizTalk Server.

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

1 thought on “BizTalk Server 2020… is coming at the end of CY 2019”

  1. Awesome Sandro, its always great to hear from you 🙏. However here are my 2 cents the new age mantra is – all that glitters is gold. Microsoft especially in context of BizTalk needs to understand this. We have been around for some time and a lot of customers consider BizTalk legacy now. This perception has to be changed and there is a need for fresh marketing strategy around this product. Or we ll loose market footprint(intact we already are), especially after one of the biggest middleware competitors (in a perceived way) sales force aquired mule soft , they are putting in tons of money on mimicking what BizTalk has but very cleverly under a diffirent wrap.

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