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Microsoft’s Azure Synapse Analytics bridges the gap between data lakes and warehouses

November 04, 2019 / Frederic Lardinois

At its annual Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft  today announced a major new Azure service for enterprises: Azure Synapse Analytics, which Microsoft describes it as “the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.” Like SQL Data Warehouse, it aims to bridge the gap between data warehouses and data lakes, which are often completely separate. Synapse also taps into a wide variety of other Microsoft services, including Power BI and Azure Machine Learning, as well as a partner ecosystem that includes Databricks, Informatica, Accenture, Talend, Attunity, Pragmatic Works, and Adatis. It’s also integrated with Apache Spark.The idea here is that Synapse allows anybody working with data in those disparate places can manage and analyze it from within a single service. It can be used to analyze relational and unstructured data, using standard SQL. Microsoft also highlights Synapse’s integration with Power BI, its easy to use business intelligence and re...