I recently blogged about the future of BizTalk and the roadmap of the product version Windows AppFabric.
An even more recent blog post shed some light on the topic.
We are planning to invest in the following main areas:
Deep Microsoft Application Platform Alignment
Enterprise Connectivity for Windows Server AppFabric
On-Premise Server and Cloud Service Symmetry
The three bullet points are interesting.
Basically, we should see BizTalk being less of a satellite product and getting more aligned with the platform. Here I suppose we are talking about WF 4.0, WCF (e.g. Routing), AppFabric, SharePoint, etc. . But should also see Windows Azure AppFabric embracing more and more business integration features to a point of equating BizTalk server on premise.
The idea of having your ESB in the cloud might seem a bit far fetch since it’s quite essential to your operations. But actually, because it is so essential, and because Enterprises are using ESBs for more services with more volume, the reliability and infinite scalability of the cloud becomes a very interesting attribute indeed.