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SQL Azure Federation... Aka Sharding

One of the exciting new features in the just-released SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release is SQL Azure Federation. In a sentence, SQL Azure Federation enables building elastic and scalable database tiers.

We all know the benefits of sharding so why calling it differently? NIH?

Original title and link: SQL Azure Federation… Aka Sharding (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

via: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/12/13/building-large-scale-elastic-database-tiers-with-sql-azure-introducing-federations.aspx