Thursday, July 02, 2015
Azure SQL Data Warehouse - New Cloud offering
Microsoft launched a new cloud based data warehousing services with 21 partners on 24th of June. Microsoft announced this offerings during build developer conference in Aril in San Francisco (http://venturebeat.com/2015/04/29/microsoft-announces-azure-sql-data-warehouse-and-azure-data-lake-in-preview/)
It is comparable to the leading public cloud Amazon web services Redshift (http://venturebeat.com/2015/04/10/amazons-latest-acquisition-amiato-built-a-cloud-data-warehouse-before-amazon-launched-redshift/) and the cloud data warehouse from snowflake computing (http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/23/snowflake-raises-45m-and-makes-its-cloud-data-warehouse-generally-available/)
As usual Microsoft designed the SQL data warehouse for databases in the range of 5TB to 10TB.
Well, that is way too small. As this a limited public preview it will definitely change when it comes operational.
I personally believe this is indeed a very good move both for Microsoft and for businesses that cannot afford to buy the PDW appliance.