Azure Synapse Analytics, the evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse

July 3, 2020
Azure Synapse Analytics

Microsoft released Azure Synapse Analytics on November 4, 2019. It is the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse – an analytical data warehouse built on the foundation of SQL Server. Azure Synapse Analytics is one of the Microsoft cloud services that brings together enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics. Before we move further, let us address the question of why bridge the gap between Data warehouse and big data analytics at all.

Why bridge the gap between data warehousing and big data analytics?

Data warehouse helps in accessing critical data from different sources and monitoring them in a single place to provide critical insights into business health. In contrast, big data analytics helps operations to become more effective and efficient by helping them make quick and decisive actions. In this era, businesses are supposed to maintain these two analytical systems; however, the independent operations of these two can result in information silos. Azure Synapse Analytics, with its limitless analytics service, can bring a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for BI and machine learning needs.

Apart from integrating data warehouse and big data analytics, what else does Azure Synapse Analytics offer? That is precisely what we are going to explore below.

Functionalities of Azure Synapse Analytics

Limitless scale

Azure Synapse Analytics can deliver insights from entire data across data warehouses and big data analytics systems with speed. It also allows data professionals to easily optimize all queries with intelligent workload management and limitless concurrency for mission-critical workloads.

Workload isolation

With its new workload isolation functionality, you can manage the execution of heterogeneous workloads. It also provides flexibility and control over data warehouse resources that improve execution predictability and enhances the ability to satisfy predefined SLAs.

Powerful insights

Since Azure Synapse Analytics is deeply integrated with Power BI and Azure Machine Learning, it can easily expand the discovery of insights from all your data, reduce the project development time, and apply ML models to all your intelligent applications.

Unified experience

The Azure Synapse Studio provides you with a unified workspace for data prep, data management, data warehousing, big data, and AI tasks. The code-free visual, automated query optimization, secure access to datasets, and the use of Power BI to build dashboards in minutes can help your data engineers, admins, data scientist, and business analysts to complete their tasks efficiently.

COPY statement

As Azure Synapse Analytics analyzes petabyte-scale data, the analytics requires ingesting petabyte-scale data, which is complicated. To streamline this petabyte-scale data ingestion process, Azure Synapse has this simple and flexible functionality ‘COPY statement’ that can enable seamless ingestion into a data warehouse faster and securely.

Instant clarity

You can gain instant clarity on your business by using the freshest data possible from your operational systems with a simple, low cost, cloud-native HTAP implementation using Azure Synapse Link.

Unmatched security

Azure is known to have the most advanced security and privacy features in the market. You can secure your data with the most advanced security and privacy features, such as column and row-level security and dynamic data masking, to automatically protect sensitive data in real-time.

What we have seen is a tiny piece of what Azure Synapse Analytics can bring to you. With the above functionalities, we can see that Azure Synapse Analytics is a limitless analytics service with unmatched time to insights that can bring remarkable changes to your entire business. If you want to explore more about Azure Synapse and other Azure solutions, Talk to Us! 

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