TimeSpring Software Corporation announced the availability of a free version of their TimeData continuous data protection (CDP) software that will allow SQL Server 2005 Customer Technology Preview (CTP) users to test and migrate real-time production data from SQL Server 2000 without shutting down, slowing down or exporting data. The software dramatically reduces the risk associated with migrating Microsoft SQL databases. It simplifies and shortens the migration process while allowing data migration to take place in a live-transaction environment.

TimeSpring's software works by automatically capturing all changes to SQL Server databases in real-time. The resulting data repository can be used independent of the original database to test, analyze, and report using real data. If users wish to refresh the data, they can do it very quick and painlessly at any time. Migration can even be temporarily reversed without losing data. Additionally, the live database and new SQL Server 2005 system can be continuously protected, making it possible to recover from loss, corruption or other issues within minutes.

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