Category Archives: Azure SQL DW

Use cases of various products for a big data cloud solution

There are a tremendous amount of Microsoft products that are cloud-based for building big data solutions.  It’s great that there are so many products to choose from, but it does lead to confusion on what are the best products to … Continue reading

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SQL Data Warehouse reference architectures

With so many product options to choose from for building a big data solution in the cloud, such as SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW), Azure Analysis Services (AAS), SQL Database (SQL DB), and Azure Data Lake (ADL), there are various combinations … Continue reading

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PASS Summit Announcements: SQL DW free trial

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 … Continue reading

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Azure SQL Database vs SQL Data Warehouse

I am sometimes asked to compare Azure SQL Database (SQL DB) to Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW).  The most important thing to remember is SQL DB is for OLTP (i.e. applications with individual updates, inserts, and deletes) and SQL DW … Continue reading

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Multi-tenant databases in the cloud

For companies that sell an on-prem software solution and are looking to move that solution to the cloud, a challenge arises on how to architect that solution in the cloud.  For example, say you have a software solution that stores … Continue reading

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Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now GA

The Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW), that I blogged about here, is now generally available.  Here is the official announcement. In brief, SQL DW is a fully managed data-warehouse-as-a-service that you can provision in minutes and scale up in seconds.  … Continue reading

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Azure SQL Data Warehouse pricing

The pricing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) consists of a compute charge and a storage charge.  For compute, it is not based on hardware configuration but rather by data warehouse units (DWU).  DWU can be scaled up or down via … Continue reading

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Data loading into Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) is a new platform-as-a service (PaaS) that distributes workloads across multiple compute resources, called massively parallel processing (MPP).  Loading data into a MPP data warehouse requires a different approach, or mindset, than traditional methods of loading data into … Continue reading

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Why use a data lake?

Previously I covered what a data lake is (including the Azure Data Lake and enhancements), and now I wanted to touch on the main reason why you might want to incorporate a data lake into your overall data warehouse solution. To … Continue reading

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Copying data from Azure Blob Storage

In a previous blog I talked about copying on-prem data to Azure Blob Storage (Getting data into Azure Blob Storage).  Let’s say you have copied the data and it is sitting in Azure Blob Storage (or an Azure Data Lake) … Continue reading

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