An Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is an architectural pattern and a key enabler in implementing the infrastructure for a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Real-world experience has demonstrated that an ESB is only one of many components required to build a comprehensive service-oriented infrastructure (SOI). The term "ESB" has various interpretations in the market, which have evolved over time; however, the basic challenge it addresses is the same.
Namely, the increasing adoption of SOA and the proliferation of Web services have revealed an ever growing need to provide a managed layer between services and their consumers. There must be support for interaction between heterogeneous services and interfaces that might be mismatched, or that might change over time.
An ESB addresses such integration problems in a way that maximizes the re-use of services and that maintains the flexibility to easily change the solution.
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Get Started with BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1
The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 is a collection of tools and libraries that extend BizTalk Server 2010 capabilities of supporting a loosely coupled and dynamic messaging architecture. It functions as middleware that provides tools for rapid mediation between services and their consumers. Enabling maximum flexibility at run time, the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 simplifies loosely coupled composition of service endpoints and management of service interactions.
The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 provides key building blocks that are required for implementing a comprehensive SOI including:
The Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 extends the capabilities of BizTalk Server 2010 . The following list summarizes the additional support extended in Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1:
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From where are downloads provided?
You can download the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 from the BizTalk Server 2010 page on the Microsoft Download Center. The toolkit is packaged as binaries and samples in a Windows Installer. You can download BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 documentation from the corresponding documentation page on the Download Center.
Is source code for signed binaries provided?
Source code for ESB toolkit will not be shipped.
What license is used?
It is a standard, free, Microsoft binary-only license.
How is the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 packaged?
It is packaged as a binary-only Windows Installer (32- and 64-bit).
Will BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 bug fixes be provided?
The BizTalk ESB Toolkit Team will address bugs on a best-effort basis.
Where do customers file bugs and requests?
Customers should contact Microsoft Support to open a case for any product issues.
What is the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 forum commitment?
Assistance is provided through forums, with a one-year notice of deprecation plans. Any fixes and responses to questions in the forums are best effort, and we will continue to leverage the community to provide peer assistance, though with a capability to issue critical fixes if necessary.
Where is the online community hosted?
A dedicated ESB Toolkit Forum is provided.