Microsoft usually has some interesting announcements at the PASS Summit, and this year was no exception. I’m writing a set of blogs covering the major announcements. Next up is the free trial of Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW).
Azure SQL Data Warehouse is an enterprise-class, massively parallel processing (MPP) distributed database capable of processing petabyte volumes of both relational and non-relational data. It is the industry’s first cloud data warehouse capable of grow, shrink, and pause-in-seconds capabilities with proven SQL functionality and if you’ve not yet tested it out you can now; for free.
You can use this one month free trial to do POCs and try out SQL DW up to 200 DWU and 2TB of data. You must sign up by December 31st 2016. Please note that once the one month free trial is over, you will start getting billed at general availability pricing rates. For more information on the free trial, and to sign up, go here.
This is a great promotion as without it, you can get a free $200 credit for Azure, but you will quickly hit that limit when use SQL DW.
For an excellent 5-part overview of SQL DW, check out Azure SQL Data Warehouse