BizTalk Server 2016 CU8 & future of Feature Packs

There is an an post asking for Feedback on the new Microsoft forums techcommunity that is talking about a CU8 for BizTalk 2016. However it indicates that they are considering releasing only for the base RTM and not for those with Feature Packs, and those that have feature packs are expected to upgrade to BizTalk 2020

Feature Updates to BizTalk Server 2016 provided early production ready access to BizTalk Server 2020 features. All those features are rolled up and now available with BizTalk Server 2020 release. We believe that Feature Updates to 2016 have served its purpose by providing early access to capabilities under work for 2020. 2020 release has further enhanced those features due to the freedom to make larger code changes in new release. BizTalk Server 2020 release has been available since the beginning of year and we released CU1 recently.

Feature Updates were available for select BizTalk Server customers strictly on an opt-in basis with an understanding that these customers will move to 2020 release soon after its availability. BizTalk Server Enterprise customers with Enterprise Agreement are eligible for free upgrade to BizTalk Server 2020. BizTalk Server 2020 supports in-place and seamless upgrade from BizTalk Server 2016.

We are in the planning process for CU8 release of BizTalk Server 2016 and were hoping, keeping above in mind, to continue releasing the CUs for the base 2016 (aka RTM) versions that caters to all SKUs and customers uniformly. Those who were on accelerated cadence by opting into Feature Packs, will move to BizTalk Server 2020 for their support requirements

We want to gather community response before finalizing our decision. Let us please use the discussion space under this post with constructive comments to help us arrive at a decision that helps us optimize engineering resources without compromising the customer needs.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/biztalk-server/hotfixes-and-cus-for-biztalk-server-2016-feature-update/m-p/1569583/highlight/false#M54

Do you have an opinion about this? If so, now is your chance to provide feedback.

Author: Coen (Colin) Dijkgraaf

A Integration Consultant for Datacom in Auckland, New Zealand, working mainly with BizTalk and Azure. You can follow me on Twitter, StackOverflow and WordPress

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