SQL Azure Federations Product Evaluation Program Nomination is scheduled to start sometime in the next couple of months and it's scheduled to end on August 30th, 2011.
"Microsoft SQL Azure Federations Product Evaluation Program enables selected customers to get early access to the upcoming federation technology. The goal of the program is to help customers targeting building solution on SQL Azure to experiment with the technology before its public release," the company stated.
Microsoft uses input shared by testers through Connect to shape the final versions of next generation technologies, and the SQL Azure Federations Product Evaluation Program is no exception.
A valid Windows Live ID is necessary in order to get to the Evaluation Program Nomination.
"The preview is available to only a limited set of customers. Customer who're selected for the program, will receive communication once the program is kicked off in the months of May and June 2011," the company said.
For those not familiar with SQL Azure Federations, Microsoft has set up a webpage on TechNet. Here's the definition provided by the software giant:
Federations are objects in SQL Azure databases, that allow scaling-out of data for building data tier applications with unlimited scalability and best price-performance through amplifying backend elasticity and simplified multi-tenancy at the database tier.
In the mean time, Microsoft upped its evaluation program nomination survey on Microsoft Connect, with the software giant accepting participant applications.