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Limitless analytics service with unmatched time to insight (formerly SQL Data Warehouse)

  • Pros

  • All data services in one place
  • Single unified user experience
  • Easy to get started
  • Great language support
  • Industry standards
  • Good integration between services
  • Provisioned and serverless compute options
  • Active product group
  • Strong product roadmap
  • Cons

  • In public preview
  • Missing DevOps features (coming soon)

Microsoft's new unified cloud analytics platform.

Azure's vast array of data service can be overwhelming, individually they are compelling but choosing the right services and integrating them has always been the difficult part.

Azure Synapse reduces this friction by bringing together the best of Azure's existing data services along with some powerful new features and making them play together nicely. Services that you know and love include Azure Data Factory, Mapping Data Flows, Power BI and of course SQL Pools (formally SQL Data Warehouse).

What this means is that it's now possible to explore data, run experiments, develop pipelines and operationalize solutions from a single intuitive web-based UI. While it's still early days it is starting to feel like these services were finally designed to work together and we think this will become more so as the product matures.

WE are particularly excited about the new SQL Serverless option which allows you to query data stored in your storage account or data lake without the need to spin up any clusters or compute resource. You simply point your query at your data and you are charged based on the amount of data you read. What's more, almost any existing tooling that supports SQL Server will just work.

The all new Spark environment is a breeze to setup, security and sign-on is seamless and connecting to storage accounts is very straight forward. It comes with an nteract based notebook experience for documenting your experiments which feels intuative and modern. It also comes with a .NET Kernel courtesy of the excellent .Net Interactive.

Another very interesting feature is the integration with Cosmos DB. You can now perform powerful analytical queries over your application data from Azure Synapse within minutes of it arriving in your Cosmos DB collection. Setting it up is simple and once up and running, you can run analytical queries using SQL Serverless or Spark, you can even join and combine data with other data you have in your data lake.

We also love that Power BI is part of the Synapse story, bringing all the best bits of Power BI to data engineers and professionals.

Read our blog posts about Azure Synapse Analytics

Talking about Azure Synapse on Microsoft Mechanics!

Talking about Azure Synapse on Microsoft Mechanics!

Jess Panni

I was recently invited on to Microsoft Mechanics to talk about the new on-demand SQL Serverless offering within Azure Synapse. If you have been following along with my previous blog posts you will know that we've been hard at work applying Azure Synapse against real customer workloads. In the video I take you through the service by solving a real-world IoT problem for one of our telco customers.
Benchmarking Azure Synapse Analytics - SQL Serverless, using .NET Interactive

Benchmarking Azure Synapse Analytics - SQL Serverless, using .NET Interactive

Jess Panni

There is a new service in town that promises to transform the way you query the contents of your data lake. Azure Synapse Analytics comes with a new offering called SQL Serverless allowing you to query your data on-demand with no need for pre-provisioned resources.When we heard about the new service we were keen to get involved, so for the last 10 months we've been working with the SQL Serverless product group to provide feedback on the service and to help ensure it meets our customers needs. During this time we've put it through it's paces by implementing a range of real-world use cases. We were particularly interested to see how it stacked up as a replacement for Data Lake Analytics, where to date there has been no clear and easy migration path.
Azure Synapse for C# Developers: 5 things you need to know

Azure Synapse for C# Developers: 5 things you need to know

Jess Panni

Did you know that Azure Synapse has great support for .NET and #csharp? Learning new languages is often a barrier to digital transformation, being able to use existing people, skills, tools and engineering disciplines can be a massive advantage.