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New Redgate extension for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services to improve database testing in DevOps pipelines

Cambridge UK, May 10, 2017 – At Microsoft Build 2017, Redgate enhances its database DevOps solution by launching a new Visual Studio Team Services extension for its database provisioning tool, SQL Clone, to further integrate the database into DevOps pipelines.

SQL Clone allows users to create SQL Server database copies in seconds and save up to 99% disk space. With SQL Clone, developers can work on their own isolated copy of the database and teams can include realistic test data in their DevOps pipelines from inside Visual Studio Team Services. This is incredibly important to ‘shift left’ and catch problems earlier in the development process before reaching Production.In March 2017, Redgate Software extended DevOps processes to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL databases in Microsoft Visual Studio, by including Redgate Data Tools free in the installer of Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2017.

While Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services have become a standard part of the application development stack, the integration of Redgate Data Tools and now the SQL Clone extension are a deliberate move by Redgate to resolve the common bottleneck in the development and deployment process: the database.

As Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Redgate Evangelist, explains: “Development teams are under pressure to deliver frequent, reliable updates, and the way more and more teams are doing that is by adopting a DevOps approach. It encourages collaboration and introduces practices like continuous integration and continuous delivery… but it leaves the database behind. Redgate Data Tools and now SQL Clone provide a reliable, repeatable way of building, deploying and maintaining SQL Server databases using the stack they’re already accustomed to working with.”

Redgate Data Tools enable users to develop, source control, and more safely automate the deployment of SQL Server database changes alongside their application changes in Visual Studio. SQL Clone means individuals and teams can work on their own up-to-date database copies to develop, fix and test code much more accurately.

To demonstrate how developers using Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services can now extend DevOps processes to SQL Server and Azure SQL databases, and have a single source of truth for both the application and the database, Microsoft’s Ed Blankenship and Sam Guckenheimer will present ‘DevOps for every team’ on Wednesday morning at Build.

“I’m really looking forward to Build,” adds Steve Jones. “The database is often seen as the elephant in the room when you talk about DevOps. The ‘DevOps for every team’ session will show how easy it is to now do DevOps for both the application and the database.”

Shawn Nandi, Senior Director for Cloud App Development and Data product marketing at Microsoft Corp. agrees. “The addition of Redgate Data Tools in Visual Studio Enterprise with the launch of Visual Studio 2017 demonstrated how users can introduce DevOps practices to the databases that support their applications. Redgate’s new Visual Studio Team Services extension for SQL Clone extends this capability by enabling users to easily add realistic test data to the Visual Studio Team Services pipeline to further integrate the database with DevOps processes.”

The new Redgate SQL Clone extension for Visual Studio Team Services is available from the Visual Studio Marketplace at

At Build, attendees will also have the chance to meet a team of Redgate product managers, developers and pre-sales engineers at the Redgate booth number 215. They look forward to talking with attendees about database DevOps, and giving demos of the latest Redgate tools.

For those unable to attend Microsoft Build this year, learn more from Redgate at

About Redgate Software
Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by 804,745 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day, and help them adopt database DevOps. As a result, more than 100,000 companies use products in the Redgate SQL Toolbelt, including 91% of those in the Fortune 100.

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