A much anticipated feature of Windows Azure, Integration services is finally available as a CTP. I am thrilled with the release of Windows Azure Service Bus EAI and EDI labs and would be starting to dig into it.
Microsoft used to provide Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) capabilities through BizTalk. With the release of Windows Azure Service Bus EAI and EDI labs CTP, it envisions to provide same capabilities as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). It now unlocks the power of middleware in the cloud!
What is included in this CTP?
Enterprise Application Integration
Service Bus Connect : This feature allows an application in the cloud to communicate to Line-of –Business(LOB) system residing on-premises using LOB BizTalk Adapter Pack.For this release it supports, SQL Server, Oracle Database, Oracle E-Business Suite, SAP and Siebel eBusiness Applications.
- Transformations: This allows transforming a message from one schema to another schema. This is a feature similar to BizTalk Map with a new face lift. Now the functoids are called Operations in Maps.
- Bridges: Enable Service mediation patterns such as VETR (Validate, Extract\Enrich, Transform and Route)
- Electronic Data Interchange: With Trading Partner Management Solution on the cloud, It is possible to configure to send and receive messages from Business Partners using the portal here.