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TWO NEW AZURE ANALYTICS GA RELEASES, ONE PREVIEW AND A BIG PUSH ON SQL DW
Microsoft is making a slew of Azure data announcements today, on both the data lake and data warehouse fronts.First, Microsoft's Azure Data Explorer (ADX) product is being released into general availability (GA). ADX, which I wrote about just last week, is a Big Data storage, query and visualization platform, with a special knack for time series analysis. Next, Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2 hits GA today as well. Unlike the initial version of ADLS, the Gen2 release operates as a superset of Azure Blob Storage, but layers a true hierarchical file system on top of it, along with the ability to handle arbitrarily large files. Hierarchical file systems have first class support for folder structures. That's important in Big Data applications where data is often partitioned as groups of sequence files segregated by folder, necessitating folder-level operations that can treat all the files in a folder as a single unit of data. ANDREW BRUST READ MORE