Microsoft BizTalk 2013 to switch to a per-core licensing model

Microsoft BizTalk 2013 to switch to a per-core licensing model

Summary: The newest release of Microsoft's BizTalk enterprise-integration server is set to arrive on April price lists with a new per-core licensing model attached.


Microsoft's BizTalk 2013 enterprise-integration server is moving from a per-processor to a per-core licensing model.


The coming version of BizTalk -- which Microsoft made available to beta testers back in November 2012 -- also will be available on the company's April price list, as Rich Gibbons, Software Manager at European VAR Bechtle, noted earlier this week., an IT consultancy based in Poland, posted more information about the coming BizTalk licensing changes on its site.

Customers who are planning to deploy the latest version of BizTalk on machines with processors above four cores may end up paying more. However, BizTalk 2010 customers who have Software Assurance don't need to do anything (in the short term, at least), as they have perpetual rights for the per-processor pricing, noted on its site.

Microsoft also moved from a per-processor to per-core licensing model with SQL Server 2012 last year.

BizTalk Server 2013 adds support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. It also features tighter integration between on-premises BizTalk apps and the Windows Azure Service Bus and support for more industry certifications and standards.

As of 2011, according to Microsoft, there were more than 10,000 BizTalk Server customers using the product to integrate Microsoft's business processes with those from vendors including IBM, Oracle, Siebel, and others. 

Microsoft officials have not said much about how the company plans to continue to update the BizTalk Server product line, moving forward.

Update (March 22): Microsoft released to manufacturing BizTalk Server 2013 on March 21. It is available for download on MSDN already, according to the post, which also confirms the per-core licensing model.

From the blog post by the team:

"BizTalk Server 2013 will be available for download on MSDN starting today. The English locale SKUs will be available for purchase starting April 2013. Other language SKUs will be available for purchase starting May 2013. Host Integration Server 2013 will ship at a later date, however, BizTalk Server 2013 is fully compatible with Host Integration Server 2010."

Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • BizTalk processing was previously per-processor not "per-server"

    Hey MJF,
    I think the article is incorrect in saying that BizTalk was previously per-server. In previous BizTalk versions it was per-processor. The linked article from also states this. Please update your article.

    Ben Cline
    BizTalk MVP
    • Per processor

      Thanks, Ben. You're right. My mistake. Fixing. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • Thanks

        Thanks for the fix, looks great now
  • In need of a financial boost? Change your license agreements!

    The horrible showing of both Windows 8 and Surface are killing Microsoft revenues. So, the accountants found a way to milk more cash from businesses. Seems like a bad idea to me. Squeezing more blood from your only loyal customers isn't the best way to keep them loyal. If it wasn't for X-Box, Microsoft's balance sheet would be looking pretty dismal this year.

    Personally, I'd love to see the plethora of bad decisions they've made in the past year come back to bite them squarely in the posterior. I've been a Windows user since version 1.0. I will never buy Windows 8. They've chosen their future path very poorly.
    • An Easy Narrative

      For the sake of argument, we'll go with the facts not in evidence.

      They comprise separate divisions and it's hard to imagine Mr. Ballmer in a meeting saying "Well, Windows is underperforming, can anybody else bump up prices and make up the difference?" To which the Server group says "Yeah. We weren't going to, but if the team needs us, we're here." Or, scenario 2, Ballmer after mentioning Windows results, picks up a chair and say "Server group. Price increase! Now! Or the chair gets it!"

      I suppose it's possible. More likely, the division sees a price increase opportunity, if that's what this is, and felt the timing was right. Or this was planned a few months back and recent results did not argue for changing the plan.
      • Re: They comprise separate divisions and it's hard to imagine Mr.

        Strawman, much?
        • ldo17..with W-8 and Surfaace RT BOTH being TOTAL fails

          You find another way to screw your customer base..............

          You know that old saying.....never let a Wolf in the hen house.........well Microsoft is a real WOLF and were all just sheep ready to be eaten..............
          Over and Out
      • Microsoft doesn't report revenue that way.

        They report as separate business divisions. As a result, it's hard for one division to hide bad earnings underneath the carpet of another division's good earnings. However, great earnings in a division one year chronically lead pundits to hope and pray for even better earnings YoY. As a result, you have two choices as a business. 1) Grow the number of customers, or 2) Raise the amount you're charging existing customers. If 1 isn't happening organically (hint: we're in massive recession - 1 isn't happening), you have to switch to 2. Effectively every Microsoft server product costs more this year than it did last year. We saw this happen first with SQL Server 2012 and System Center - result? They both had their best quarter ever during Q3FY12, as customers raced to buy in ahead of the licensing changes on April 1. Customers aren't elated about this change in BizTalk. I've heard from several. But for those who have significantly invested in it have little choice. Result? BizTalk, a product many people actually thought was dead, could likely have quite impressive Q3FY13 earnings.
    • Correct

      I can see it in our organization, where I was stopped from purchasing a few MSSQL 2012 licenses because of the new prices. Actually my options ended up being either MS SQL 2008 R2 (which I chose) or Oracle (which I hate).

      It is so hard for me pushing any new Microsoft products where I work, now they made it impossible.

      And I definitely agree with BillDem that it is a consequence of the Windows 8 monumental failure. They are now milking whatever else they have just to make the numbers add up at the end of the year.

      Whatever the reason though, now I have second thoughts as to what future they have if any. WPF, Silverlight, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Office, licenses. When they do not f the license, they f the UI and when they do not f either they f the design or they abandon it. Do they have anybody with a single brain cell left in this company?

      My position is becoming unattainable and soon I will be joining the dark side (Linux & Oracle) if I want to keep my job, I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.
      • Not saying SQL Server isn't expensive...

        But if you're thinking switching to Oracle will be more cost effective, I don't think you've priced Oracle recently. Even with the price hikes due to per-core on high core-dense servers, everything I've seen indicates SQL Server would still be less expensive than a comparable Oracle deployment (not that price is everything).