SQL Server 2016 Replication and Backup Improvements

SQL Server 2016, available for preview, expands replication to reduce downtime and cost and improves offsite backup security and manageability with Azure Storage. High-availability features include more failover options for highly critical applications, automated routing and load balancing of read-only queries to improve application performance, and the inclusion of advanced failover in Standard edition (with some limitations) to reduce cost and management effort.

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