Support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group Listeners

We are excited to add Microsoft SQL Server Availability Group Listeners to our AlwaysOn technology. SQL Server AlwaysOn is one of the most important and popular capabilities available in SQL Server 2012.

Until now, client applications wanting to connect to the primary replica of an availability group on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services only had the option of specifying a Failover Partner (similar to Database Mirroring). This restricted the configuration of availability groups to only two replicas (one primary and one secondary) and these couldn’t be configured as readable when acting as secondaries. The new support for Availability Group Listeners removes this limitation.

For additional details on this announcement, please visit the SQL Server blog.