Failover, Replication, and Backup Improvements

SQL Server 2016 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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