Microsoft Rolls Out Azure Data Lake Storage, Azure Data Explorer
Todd R. Weiss | February 20, 2019
Microsoft continues to bolster its Azure data services offerings for enterprise users with its announcement that Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 and Azure Data Explorer are now generally available for use. In addition, the company revealed that its Azure Data Factory Mapping Data Flow services are now available in preview for users to experiment with using their Azure workloads. The latest expanded services were announced recently by Julia White, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Azure, in a post on the Azure Blog. "We continue to focus on making Azure the best place for your data and analytics," wrote White. "Azure provides the most comprehensive platform for analytics. With these updates, Azure solidifies its leadership in analytics." Azure Data Lake Storage is cloud storage that combines the best of hierarchical file systems and blob storage, while Azure Data Explorer is a fast, fully managed service that simplifies ad hoc and interactive analysis over telemetry, time-series and log data, wrote White. "This service, powering other Azure services like Log Analytics, App Insights, Time Series Insights is useful to query streaming data to identify trends, detect anomalies and diagnose problems." The preview of new Mapping Data Flow capabilities in Azure Data Factory provides a visual, no-code experience to help data engineers transform their data for new uses, she wrote. "This complements the Azure Data Factory's code-first experience to enable data engineers of all skill levels to collaborate and build powerful hybrid data transformation pipelines." Jurgen Willis, director of product management for Azure Engineering, wrote in a related post that the two generally available features and the preview feature will provide creative new possibilities to enterprise Azure users and their computing infrastructures.