So at Microsoft TechEd Europe this year the strapline from the keynote was; It’s Time . It’s time for us to utilise the Cloud on our terms. I also thought there’d be time at the airport last Friday to write this blog but no chance, no time, just waiting in queues…if only they’d used Azure Topics to route us effectively…
So what sticks in my head my regarding the The Cloud OS: It’s Time theme? Hybrid Solutions , it was a theme repeated throughout the week, with many of the breakout sessions highlighting the progression in Microsoft products whether it be SQL, BizTalk, Office or .NET and the new features to support on-premises and cloud solutions.
With integration at the heart of most things we do at Smart421, I was interested to see Microsoft’s vision for integration particularly given the recent announcement of Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) and I thought I’d briefly describe how the new features may be utilised.
Connect to the Cloud. BizTalk 2013, now includes Azure Service Bus adapters for simplified Azure connectivity. Why would you use this? The integration pattern discussed was Store and Forward, where an organisation may wish to insulate an on premises version of BizTalk from peaks and spikes or when destination systems are not online. By utilising Azure Service Bus queues to store messages, the on-prem BizTalk server is then free to process messages at it’s capacity or when destination systems are available.
Run in the Cloud. Due to large footprint of the BizTalk Server product, you may be able to save a considerable amount of time with Azure IaaS. Creating Dev and Test environments could be reduced to minutes with ready made BizTalk images ready to spin up at any time.
Build for the Cloud. WABS provide an easy way to expose service endpoints in the cloud, making B2B message exchange potentially simpler without having to expose on-prem services through a DMZ. EDI message exchange was given as an example, with ready made EDI adapters making EDI processing simple again potentially saving time.
With regard to the roadmap for WABS it will come as no surprise to hear that many of the BizTalk Server features will be finding there way into WABS but rest assured the investment in the on-prem version will continue for some time yet. If you’re an existing Microsoft customer and already bought into their stack, there is undoubted flexibility provided by the combination of on-premises, cloud infrastructure and platform services. As always, understanding how best to utilise what and when will be the challenge.
In my next blog I hope to talk in a bit more detail about some of the new features in SQL2014.
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