SQL Database for rehydration and FE Pool startup purposes, thereby allowing greater scalability of the FE Pool. For more information on how Windows Fabric works in Lync 2013, I would recommend reading this blog article from MCM
Richard Brynteson. Querying the RTCLOCAL database can be useful for troubleshooting purposes. Unfortunately, the default install of SQL2012 Express on each Lync FE Server does not include SQL management studio 2012 for querying
the RTCLOCAL databases. This brief post walks through what needs to be installed on the LyncFE Server to get SSMS 2012 running.