SQL Server Stretch Database Generally Available

SQL Server Stretch Database generally available


SQL Server Stretch Database webpage
With SQL Server Stretch Database, you can dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data from Microsoft SQL Server 2016 to Azure. Unlike typical cold data storage, the data is always at hand. Stretch Database lets you retain data longer and more affordably than typical enterprise storage. Depending on how often the data will be accessed, you can choose the appropriate level of service, then scale up or down as needed. Using Stretch Database doesn’t require any application changes. You can also use Stretch Database with new Always Encrypted technology, which helps protect your data at rest and in motion—extending data in a more secured manner for greater peace of mind.
Stretch Database DSU will be renamed Compute DSU and will initially remain at 50 percent public preview billing. These services will be switched to general availability pricing (100 percent) on September 1, 2016. Also starting September 1, 2016, Stretch Database customers can take advantage of a new Stretch Database-specific storage meter. Please note that in a few regions, Stretch Database will remain in public preview for a limited time. For a list of these regions, please visit the SQL Server Stretch Database Pricing webpage.

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