What is the Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS)?

Analytics Platform System (APS) is simply a renaming of the Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW).  It is not really a new product, but rather a name change due to a new feature in Appliance Update 1 (AU1) of PDW.  That new feature is the ability to have a HDInsight region (a Hadoop cluster) inside the appliance.

So APS combines SQL Server and Hadoop into a single offering that Microsoft is touting as providing “big data in a box.”

Think of APS as the “evolution” of Microsoft’s current SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse product.  Using PolyBase, it now supports the ability to query data using SQL across the traditional data warehouse, plus data stored in a Hadoop region, whether in the appliance or a separate Hadoop Cluster.

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The data platform for a new era

About James Serra

James is SQL Server MVP and a independent consultant with the title of Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse/Master Data Management Architect and Developer, specializing in the Microsoft SQL Server BI stack.
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One Response to What is the Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS)?

  1. Very interesting. I clicked on the Polybase article and found that very interesting also. I’ve got to sit down and start diving into this stuff a little. Sounds like SQL PDW and SQL 2014 will be very exciting in terms of the relationship with non-relational and NoSQL technologies.

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