Azure Synapse Analytics – Streamline your Data Management

02 Dec 2020, MOQdigital

Microsoft Azure, Data & AI

Azure Synapse Analytics is often an integral component of any modern data warehouse.  Formerly known as SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Synapse Analytics offers modern data warehouse users a limitless analytics service with unmatched insights and functionality. Essentially, Azure Synapse is a solution that provides both simplicity and performance in its deployment and operations. But what exactly is Azure Synapse and how can it benefit your organisation?

Modern data warehouse – A robust foundation for your data storage needs 

Before we delve into the finer details of what Azure Synapse accomplishes, it is important to first understand what a modern data warehouse is. A modern data warehouse is the consolidation, storage, and integration of all your business data into a single repository, while enabling big data and advanced data analytics capabilities. This Data is then made available via analytical dashboards, customisable reports, and real-time analytics 

Essentially, the modern data warehouse acts as a centralised repository that can ingest a vast array of data types (structured, unstructured, and semi-structured), clean it, transform it, and put it to work via one central hub for data consumers within your organisation 

Azure Synapse Analytics (Workspaces) and modern data warehouse 

Not to be confused with its “databases” counterpart, Azure Synapse Analytics for Workspaces is a current new development by Microsoft following its recent success in Azure Synapse Analytics. Workspaces will enable users to seamlessly pull data between data silos and manage their data warehouses from one central hub. As a result, organisations will be greeted with a single pane view of a unified and cohesive user experience via Azure Synapse Studio 

The key features and benefits of Workspaces include: 

  • Completely Customisable – Users can start with a blank canvas and mix and match elements and functions to use. 
  • Scalable and adaptable – Scalable and Performance - Deploy to build an analytics platform at any scale with industry leading performance across SQL and Spark based environment 
  • Lower TCO and Time-efficient – A unified view of your data services and out of the box integration reduces the operations overhead. 
  • Cost-effective  As a serverless solution, Workspaces enables users to pay for the service only when they use it.  

Essentially, using workspaces provides you with a single platform and management portal you can use to access and manage your Data Warehouses.  

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How to get started with Workspaces 

Workspaces now in the General Availability (GA) stage of software release, meaning the solution has undergone compliance testing and has 'gone live' for purchase and deployment.

As Australia’s leading modern data warehouse, SQL Server, and Business Intelligence Specialists, MOQdigital is uniquely positioned to assist your organisation with the solution architecture and deployment of Workspaces. As a Microsoft Partner, we are at the forefront of emerging technology, and are leading the way when it comes to data platform expertise in Australia. If you would like to learn more on how MOQdigital can help you create a more dynamic and productive workplace with Workspaces, please contact us today. 

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