Federation End-of-Life and introduction to Elastic Scale for Azure SQL Database

Nov 3, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Hi, my name is Debra Dove and I’m a Program Manager on the Azure SQL Database (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/sql-database/) team at Microsoft. I am reaching out to you because this project uses the Federations feature. I want share with you the new investments that our team is making in scale-out technology, especially now that the Federations feature is approaching its end-of-life (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/azure/dn741330.aspx).

Recently, we announced our Public Preview for Azure SQL DB Elastic Scale (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9862608) - a set of .NET client APIs that enable you to query one shard or a set of shards as well as manage your shard metadata. Additionally, we are also previewing a management service that provides the ability perform both split and merge operations on shards. I invite you to please see our Elastic Scale getting started page (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=510913) as well as our documentation map (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/sql-database-elastic-scale-documentation-map/).

Additionally, as part of this preview, we have also created a Federation Migration Utility to assist in the migration of an existing Federation application to the Elastic Scale solution without performing any data movement. For more information, please see the following conceptual documentation (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/sql-database-elastic-scale-documentation-map/) and video (http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Windows-Azure/Azure-SQL-Database-Federations-Migration).