Microsoft BizTalk Server 2002 Partner and Standard Editions Bring Integration to the Masses

LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2002 — Today at the Gartner 2002 Application Integration conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of the Partner and Standard editions of BizTalk®
Server 2002. The new editions are designed to empower the tens of thousands of small trading partners that have not been able to participate in integration because of the high costs typically associated with deploying and maintaining complex business-to-business (B2B) and enterprise application integration (EAI) software. Most products on the market today provide limited features and functionality for small trading partners. By contrast, both of these editions deliver the full capabilities of BizTalk Server Enterprise Edition but are tailored to companies that require minimal integration capabilities and processing power.

“As with many other large integration hubs, the success of MedUnite depends on our ability to enable, empower and integrate all our customers — big or small — with technology that is easy to use and reliable,”
said John Wall, CTO at MedUnite Inc.
“Our BizTalk Server-based HIPAA solution aims to process millions of health insurance claims a month, and with Partner Edition we now have the ability to help bring all our customers online and redefine the business of healthcare.”

New BizTalk Server Editions Extend Choices for Businesses of Every Size

Large enterprises have seen the benefits they can have in automating supply chains and want all their partners to participate to increase the benefits. Small and medium-sized businesses recognize the importance of integrating with trading partners but until now have been denied the business advantage of doing so because of the high cost and complexity of other integration vendor products. By providing editions tailored for businesses of all sizes, Microsoft is enabling everyone to take part in integration.

“”In working with our many large enterprise customers as they deployed their integration hubs, we heard their frustration with the problem of integrating their tens of thousands of small and medium-sized suppliers. Traditionally, these smaller businesses did not have the IT or financial resources to implement the complex integration packages offered by other vendors,”
said Dave Wolf, product manager for BizTalk Server at Microsoft.
“Earlier this year, when we introduced the revolutionary SEED technology within BizTalk Server 2002, which allows large trading hubs to quickly publish configuration information to trading partners, we began to address this problem. Partner Edition is another giant step toward lowering the barrier to entry and bringing integration to the masses, not just the massive.”

BizTalk Server 2002 Editions: Pricing

Launched in February, BizTalk Server 2002 is already available in Enterprise and Developer editions. All editions of BizTalk Server 2002 include the full feature set, but each is tailored for the needs of companies of varying size.

  • BizTalk Server Enterprise Edition is priced at $24,999 (U.S.) per CPU. It has support for integrating unlimited internal applications with unlimited trading partners over the Internet. BizTalk Server 2002 Enterprise Edition supports multiple processor and clustering deployments to handle even the largest transaction volumes.

  • BizTalk Server 2002 Standard Edition is priced at $6,999 (U.S.) for one CPU. It allows integration of five internal applications with up to 10 trading partners.

  • BizTalk Server 2002 Partner Edition is priced at $999 (U.S.) for one CPU. It allows integration of two internal applications with up to two trading partners.

  • BizTalk Server 2002 Developer Edition is priced at $499 (U.S.) per developer, or comes included with a subscription to the MSDN®
    developer program. This edition provides developers with all the tools they need to rapidly integrate applications and trading partners and to orchestrate business processes. This edition can be created and tested within a development environment for deployment to a full production environment.

Using XML, SOAP and other core Internet transports and protocols, BizTalk Server unites EAI, B2B and business process management technology in a single product to allow companies to easily orchestrate Web services and rapidly build dynamic business processes that span applications, platforms and businesses.

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