Microsoft unveiled pricing and packaging details Wednesday for its forthcoming BizTalk Server 2004 integration offering.
The third major release of the product will allow customers to automate business processes by integrating applications, trading partners and employees.
BizTalk Server 2004 is built on the .Net Framework and integrated with Visual Studio .Net 2003 and the Microsoft Office System.
It has improved business process orchestration functionality, revamped business activity monitoring and a more scalable rules engine.
In addition, licences for BizTalk Server 2004 will include copies of the Visual Studio .Net 2003 development platform and Office InfoPath 2003 form-based information gathering program.
Microsoft said that the 2004 release will also enable customers to connect to more applications and trading partners than in previous incarnations, and will be localised in nine languages - five more than in the 2002 version.
Current BizTalk Server customers with Software Assurance will receive a licence for BizTalk Server 2004.
As with previous versions, BizTalk Server 2004 will be offered in four editions: Enterprise, Standard, Partner and Developer. The pricing for each is "on par with the 2002 version", the company said.
Pricing starts at $25,000 per CPU for the Enterprise Edition, $7,000 per CPU for the Standard Edition, $1,000 per CPU for the Partner Edition and $750 per user for the Developer Edition.
Despite providing product and pricing details, Microsoft did not release shipping dates.
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