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Windows Azure Programming Patterns for Start-ups by Riccardo Becker

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Data Sync

The Microsoft Sync Framework has also found its way to the cloud. Microsoft has built SQL Data Sync upon the traditional Sync Framework. With SQL Data Sync, you can easily set up and configure synchronizations between traditional SQL Server and instances of Windows Azure SQL Database or between SQL databases only.

Synchronization takes place in a so-called synchronization group. A synchronization group is a collection of SQL databases and SQL Server databases that are grouped together for the synchronization process.

Configuration takes place on the synchronization group level and enables you to define the following:

  • Which databases, tables, and columns are synchronized
  • Filters are used to define which rows are synchronized, for example ...

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