BizTalk Server Performance Benchmark Wizard

In case you have missed it, in January a few members of the BizTalk Server and the SQL Server Customer Advisory Teams (CAT) have released to Codeplex, a vey useful BizTalk performance benchmarking tool.

See the
BizTalk Server Team’s blog for more details.

“The BizTalk Benchmark Wizard checks the performance of your BizTalk Server installation using pre-existing scenarios and validates it against some known results. Essentially it provides an answer to the question:” Are you getting the most throughput performance out of of your BizTalk Server installation?”
If the answer is no – you better follow the BizTalk Server 2009 Performance Optimization Guide.”

BizTalk 2009 R2 gets a new name

Given that the 2009 R2 (now 2010) release of BizTalk is due out in 2010, the new name makes a lot of sense. According to Microsoft Product Support blogger John Breakwell, who noted the new name on his MSDN blog on March 23. Microsoft also is adding a bunch of new capabilities to the BizTalk Server 2010 release, including:

Enhanced trading partner management that will enable our customers to manage complex B2B relationships with ease
Enhanced BizTalk Mapper functionality
Secure data transfer across business partners with FTPS adapter
Updated adapters for SAP 7, Oracle eBusiness Suite 12.1, SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2
Improved via an updated System Center management pack
Simplified management through single dashboard which enables IT Pros to backup and restore BizTalk configuration
Enhanced performance tuning capabilities at Host and Host Instance level
Out of box event filtering and delivery of RFID events
Breakwell also noted that with the renaming of the product, the support lifecycle clock gets a reset. He explained: “For BizTalk 2009 R2, the 5 and 10 year support bands would have started with the release of BizTalk Server 2009 “R1″ so you would effectively lose a year. For BizTalk 2010, the support bands start from its release … some time in 2010.”

BizTalk 2010 is a “minor” update that adds support for Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It is due to ship some time this year.

Microsoft also is readying has made available for download BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Service Pack (SP) 1, a beta of which is available now and the final release of which also is slated for some time in 2010. Further out (no release dates available, but I’d estimate 2011 at the very earliest), Microsoft is working on a new “major” version of BizTalk, which it is calling BizTalk Server vNext. This release will be built on top of Microsoft’s Windows AppFabric platform (Dublin app server plus Velocity caching technology).

ESB vs. Point to Point Architecture

The primary benefit of using ESB is its ability to decouple services and processes so they can be managed separately. Decoupling allows integration teams to easily develop, test, deploy and scale any new services with little or no impact on the existing running components.

Another great benefit of ESB is its ability to incrementally deploy services which lowers the upfront investment required. As services are added into the “bus” they get thoroughly tested and become reliable and reusable building blocks for future projects and new business requirements.
By simplifying integration and reusing existing services ESB infrastructure increases IT‘s ability to support the business expansion.