Friday, July 8, 2011

Monitoring BizTalk with BizTalk360

When I was attending the last BizTalk User Group meeting in Almere the 29th of June, it was the first time I heard of this product: BizTalk360. It describes itself as "World's first web based BizTalk production support / monitoring tool". It immediately got my attention.
At the BTUG, Saravana Kumar was representing Kovai Ltd., the company behind BizTalk360. The funny part about this is, just a few hours ago I saw that his Preparation Diary for BizTalk 2006 R2 helped me get that MCTS! Thanks for that :-)

Now on to the product, it's like the BizTalk Admin Console, but then much better.
BizTalk360 Environment dashboard
- Environment dashboard: an overview of all the properties, you could compare this to the Group Hub page.
- Fine grained authorization: users can be given different access rights to the dashboard (read-only, certain applications, various parts of the dashboard).
- Topology diagram: this automatically provides the physical network topology of the BizTalk group. It recognizes BizTalk and SQL-servers and wether it is a web / database / application server.
- Governance / auditing: all the key activities performed by users can be taken care of. You never have to wonder who stopped that Send Port or who restarted the Host Instance.

Next to that, there are also the Advanced Event Viewer, the BizTalk Server dashboard, the fact that it is web-based and lots of other things. I won't go explaining all the features, you should just check it out yourself. Or, if you don't have any development server set up, you could also try their Demo, which is made possible through Windows Azure with the AppFabric service bus.

As we are just in the middle of getting to manage more BizTalk applications, BizTalk360 could have come at the right time and the right place. I am definitely going to have a look into the dev-edition and see what I can get out of it. I think our administrators would love to use it too.

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