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Today's enterprise needs to distribute its data across many departments and geographically dispersed offices. SQL Server replication provides ways to distribute data and database objects among its SQL Server databases, databases from other vendors (such as Oracle), as well as mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and point-of-sale terminals. Along with log shipping, database mirroring, and clustering, replication provides functionalities that satisfy customers' needs for load balancing, high availability, and scaling.
This chapter introduces you to the concept of replication, explaining how to implement basic snapshot replication, and noting things you should pay attention to when setting up transactional and merge replication.
SQL Server replication closely resembles the magazine publishing process, so that analogy is used here to explain its overall architecture. ...