SQL Server data replication is most commonly used to increase the performance of SQL Server databases and improve information availability across an organization. Whether implemented using built-in MSSQL replication utilities or a third-party tool engineered by a replication specialist, SQL Server data replication allows firms to copy and distribute data to remote offices or across multiple database servers, integrate and load data into data warehouses, migrate data to cloud storage platforms, or offload batch processing.

In environments where access to the latest information is crucial—and efficiency is critical—using SQL change data capture (CDC) technology is one way firms can augment, accelerate, and reduce the costs of SQL Server data replication. SQL Server CDC can help data-driven enterprises enable real-time data integration and achieve faster time-to-insight.

The Disadvantages of Using Built-In Tools for SQL Server Data Replication

Both Standard and Enterprise editions of Microsoft SQL Server now ship with built-in SQL replication utilities as well as DML change tracking features such as SQL Server change data capture. Although these out-of-the-box solutions are convenient, there considerations when relying on native utilities for SQL Server data replication or SQL CDC.

First, built-in utilities for SQL Server data replication can be complex to use. SQL Server replication gets complicated quickly, with lots of configuration options and moving parts. Helpful wizards simplify setup, but when it comes to day-to-day performance tuning and troubleshooting, many DBAs end up spending a lot of time learning and mastering the necessary concepts and skills through trial-and-error.

Another consideration for native SQL Server data replication and SQL CDC is limited support for non-SQL Server targets. Depending on what edition of SQL Server you're using, out-of-the-box SQL Server replication may not work for replicating data to non-SQL Server targets. And now that heterogeneous replication has been deprecated, firms will have to employ alternative methods or tools in order to deliver SQL Server data to other types of databases.

SQL Server Data Replication and Change Data Capture Made Easy

Engineered specifically for enterprise data replication, Qlik Replicate (formerly Attunity Replicate) is an innovative data integration solution that makes implementing SQL Server data replication simpler. Our user-friendly visual interface lets you build and manage data pipelines quickly and easily—without having to write scripts.

Qlik Replicate (formerly Attunity Replicate) automates the steps required to deploy replication—and schema and DDL replication—so you spend less time tinkering with the tool and more time delivering new data to your target systems. And because our platform offers broad support for various databases, data warehouses, legacy applications, and cloud targets, you can leverage one tool for all your replication needs.

With Qlik Replicate (formerly Attunity Replicate), there's no requirement to install replication agents on either source or target systems. Qlik Replicate (formerly Attunity Replicate) identifies source changes by reading transaction logs rather than using intrusive timestamps or triggers. So our unique, non-intrusive CDC technology allows you to implement real-time data integration across your organization without negatively impacting the performance of your source databases.