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About Azure BizTalk Services

Updated: October 1, 2014

Using the different offerings from Microsoft Azure, users can create applications that run on the cloud. However, given the fact that these applications operate in their own ‘space’ on the cloud but at the same time need to interact with other on-premises or cloud applications, there is a need to bridge the message and transport protocol mismatch between these disparate applications. Bridging these mismatches is the realm of integration. There can be different forms of integration:


Type Purpose Azure BizTalk Services Offering

Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)

Enterprise Application Integration can be further divided into two broad components:

  • Bridging message-related mismatch in different sources and formats. This kind of integration bridges mismatches between message transport protocols, message structures, and message formats between two disparate systems. This may also include message validation, message transformation, and subsequent routing to other systems.

  • Integrating different Line-of-Business (LOB) applications. This integrates business processes and applications that span different LOB applications, such as SAP and SQL Server.

  • BizTalk Services enables you to configure rich messaging endpoints on Microsoft Azure to validate and transform messages in the cloud.

    For more information, see Source, Destination, and Bridge Messaging Endpoints.

  • BizTalk Services enables you to extend operations on LOB applications as Service Bus endpoints on the cloud, thus extending the reach of the LOB applications to the cloud. You can then use these endpoints to integrate with other applications, either running on premises or on the cloud.

    For more information, see Using the BizTalk Adapter Service.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Integrating commerce transactions between businesses over industry or vertical-specific standards, such as X12, etc.

BizTalk Services provides a BizTalk Services Portal on the cloud that enables you to manage your EDI message transactions with trading partners.

For more information, see EDI, AS2, and EDIFACT Messaging.

Microsoft provides these integration capabilities in Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services. This section provides details on how each of these integration requirements is addressed by BizTalk Services.

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BizTalk Services

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