Announcing SQL Azure Data Sync CTP2

Earlier this week I mentioned that we will have one additional sync session at PDC that would open up after the keynote. Now that the keynote is complete, I am really excited to point you to this session “Introduction to SQL Azure Data Sync” and tell you a little more about what was announced today.

In the keynote today, Bob Muglia announced an update to SQL Azure Data Sync (called CTP2) to enable synchronization of entire databases or specific tables between on-premises SQL Server and SQL Azure, giving you greater flexibility in building solutions that span on-premises and the cloud.

As many of you know, using SQL Azure Data Sync CTP1, you can now synchronize SQL Azure database across datacenters. This new capability will allow you to not only extend data from your on-premises SQL Servers to the cloud, but also enable you to easily extend data to SQL Servers sitting in remote offices or retail stores. All with NO-CODING required!

Later in the year, we will start on-boarding customers to this updated CTP2 service. If you are interested in getting access to SQL Azure Data Sync CTP2, please go here to register.If you would like to learn more and see some demonstrations of how this will work and some of the new features we have added to SQL Azure Data Sync, please take a look at my PDC session recording. Here is the direct video link and abstract.

Video: Introduction to SQL Azure Data Sync (Liam Cavanagh) – 27 min

In this session we will show you how SQL Azure Data Sync enables on-premises SQL Server data to be easily shared with SQL Azure allowing you to extend your on-premises data to begin creating new cloud-based applications. Using SQL Azure Data sync’s bi-directional data synchronization support, changes made either on SQL Server or SQL Azure are automatically synchronized back and forth. Next we show you how SQL Azure Data Sync provides symmetry between SQL Azure databases to allow you to easily geo-distribute that data to one or more SQL Azure data centers around the world. Now, no matter where you make changes to your data, it will be seamlessly synchronized to all of your databases whether that be on-premises or in any of the SQL Azure data centers.

Liam Cavanagh