Azure Synapse Analytics
Azure Synapse is Azure SQL Data Warehouse evolved
Azure Synapse is a limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless or provisioned resources – at scale. Azure Synapse brings these two worlds together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs.
Now save up to 76 per cent
New limited-time offer enables qualifying customers who currently use an on-premises data warehouse to save up to 76 per cent when migrating to Azure Synapse.Learn more
Analytics in Azure is simply unmatched
Insights for all at incredible value. Simply unmatched. Analytics in Azure is up to 14 times faster and costs 94 per cent less than other cloud providers. Why go anywhere else?Learn more
Azure Synapse Analytics features
|Provisioned compute (data warehouse)|
|Materialised views and result-set cache|
|Serverless data lake exploration|
|Power BI integration|
|Azure Machine Learning integration|
|Streaming analytics (data warehouse)|
|Apache Spark integration|
|Hybrid data ingestion|
|Azure Synapse studio|
|Azure Synapse Link|
|Column- and row-level security|
|Dynamic data masking|
Deliver insights from all your data, across data warehouses and big data analytics systems, with blazing speed
Expand discovery of insights from all of your data and apply machine learning models to all of your intelligent apps
Significantly reduce project development time with a unified experience for developing end-to-end analytics solutions
Gain instant clarity on your business by using the freshest data possible from your operational systems, in every moment, with Synapse Link
Secure data with the most advanced security and privacy features in the market, such as column- and row-level security and dynamic data masking
Experience limitless scale and query data on your terms
Azure Synapse delivers insights from all of your data, across data warehouses and big data analytics systems, with blazing speed. With Azure Synapse, data professionals can query both relational and non-relational data at petabyte-scale using the familiar SQL language. For mission-critical workloads, they can easily optimise the performance of all queries with intelligent workload management, workload isolation and limitless concurrency.Architecture deep dive
Discover powerful insights across your most important data
With Azure Synapse, enabling BI and machine learning is a breeze. It is deeply integrated with Power BI and Azure Machine Learning to greatly expand discovery of insights from all your data and apply machine learning models to all your intelligent apps. Significantly reduce project development time for BI and machine learning projects with a limitless analytics service that enables you to seamlessly apply intelligence over all your most important data – from Dynamics 365, Office 365 to SaaS services that support Open Data Initiative – and easily share data with just a few clicks.The Power BI Professional’s Guide to Azure Synapse Analytics
Harness the power of a unified analytics experience
Build end-to-end analytics solutions with a unified experience. The Azure Synapse studio provides a unified workspace for data prep, data management, data warehousing, big data and AI tasks. Data engineers can use a code-free visual environment for managing data pipelines. Database administrators can automate query optimisation. Data scientists can build proofs of concept in minutes. Business analysts can securely access datasets and use Power BI to build dashboards in minutes – all while using the same analytics service.Data lake and data warehouse unified with Azure Synapse Analytics
Gain instant clarity using the freshest operational data at all times
Bring immediate, in-the-moment insights to your business with a simple, low cost, cloud-native HTAP implementation using Azure Synapse Link. With a single click, you can remove the barriers between Azure databases and Azure Synapse to get insights from your live operational data stores in near-real time. No complex ETL pipelines or additional database compute resources are required and you can run your analytics workloads on live data through Azure Synapse, without affecting your operational systems. Business analysts, data engineers and data scientists can now use Azure Synapse to run near real-time business intelligence, analytics and machine learning pipelines without affecting the performance of their transactional workloads on Azure Cosmos DB.
Safeguard data with unmatched security and privacy
Azure has the most advanced security and privacy features in the market. These features are built into the fabric of Azure Synapse, such as automated threat detection and always-on data encryption. And for fine-grained access control, businesses can help ensure that data stays safe and private by using column-level security and native row-level security, as well as dynamic data masking to automatically protect sensitive data in real time.Seven key principles of cloud security and privacy
Key service capabilities
Enterprise data warehousing
Build your data warehouse on the proven foundation of the industry’s top-performing SQL engine.
Deeply integrated Apache Spark and SQL engines
Enhance collaboration among data professionals working on advanced analytics solutions. Easily use T-SQL queries on both your data warehouse and embedded Spark engine.
Data lake exploration
Bring together relational and non-relational data, and easily query files in the data lake with the same service that you use to build data warehousing solutions.
Streaming ingestion & analytics
Perform real-time analytics on streaming data directly in your data warehouse.
Choice of language
Use your preferred language, including T-SQL, Python, Scala, Spark SQL and .Net – whether you use serverless or provisioned compute resources.
Integrated AI and BI
Complete your end-to-end analytics solution with deep integration of Azure Machine Learning and Power BI.
Code-free data orchestration
Build ETL/ELT processes in a code-free visual environment to easily ingest data from more than 85 native connectors.
Industry-leading management and security
Use built-in features to ensure that your data and processes are only seen by those with authorised access.
Empower data professionals to achieve more
Simplify the steps to wrangle multiple data types from multiple sources, including streaming, transactional and business data. Use a code-free visual environment to easily connect to data sources and ingest, transform and place data in the data lake.
Build proofs of concept in minutes and easily create or adjust end-to-end solutions. Provision resources as needed or simply query existing resources on demand across massive amounts of data. Work with the language of your choice – T-SQL, Python, Scala, .Net and Spark SQL.
Protect and manage your organisation’s data more efficiently. Enable big data processing with both on-demand and provisioned compute. Secure access to cloud and hybrid configurations through tight integration with Azure Active Directory. Enforce privacy requirements using data masking as well as row-level and column-level security.
Securely access datasets and use Power BI to build dashboards available within Azure Synapse. Securely share data within and outside your organisation through Azure Data Share.
Match your expanding responsibilities for data warehouses and data lakes. Use familiar languages and tools, such as T-SQL. Run as many workloads as you want with ease. Assign resources to escalate critical workloads based on intelligent workload importance, workload isolation and enhanced concurrency capabilities.
Data security and privacy are non-negotiable
Secure, monitor, and manage your data and analytics solutions with a wide range of industry-leading security and compliance features.
Use single-sign-on and Azure Active Directory integration to enable data professionals to spend more time discovering insights.
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Pricing that gives you flexibility and control
Manage resources and costs for end-to-end analytics including pipelines, embedded Apache Spark, serverless data lake exploration and provisioned compute and storage.
Get started with Azure Synapse
If you don’t have an Azure account already, get instant access and $200 credit by signing up for your Azure free account.
Sign in to your Azure account to create an Azure Synapse workspace with this simple tutorial.
Go to the Knowledge Centre inside the Azure Synapse Studio to immediately create or use existing Spark and SQL pools, connect to and query Azure Open Datasets, load sample scripts and notebooks, access pipeline templates and take a tour.
Documentation, training and resources
Start using Azure Synapse with our documentation.
The scientist, the engineer and the warehouse
Organisations rely on data science to support innovation, competitive advantage and efficiency, and the data scientist role is vital to this practice.
"Our adoption of the Azure Analytics platform has revolutionized our ability to deliver insights to the business. We are very excited that Azure Synapse Analytics will streamline our analytics processes even further with the seamless integration the way all the pieces have come together so well."Nallan Sriraman, Global Head of Technology, Unilever
"We anticipate Azure Synapse Analytics will drive faster insights from all our data, and thus, a faster path to better decisions and improved returns."Danny Siegel, Vice President, Information Delivery, Newell Brands
"We believe that Azure Synapse Analytics can provide the scalability that an organization like Deutsche Bank requires for its analytic workloads, while reducing the complexity of our infrastructure. This will allow us to focus on our data, and value we can derive from it."Paul Russell, Head of Engineering, Enterprise Analytics Platforms, Deutsche Bank
"In the modern data landscape, Azure Synapse Analytics is the missing link that enables discovery on massive data volumes, quickly, easily and with the minimum of fuss, maximizing value for our business."Grant Nairn, CIO, Aggreko
Stay updated on the latest Azure Synapse news
Announcing Azure Data Explorer data connector for Azure Synapse
Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB: SQL serverless runtime support in preview
New guided UI experience to deploy machine learning models in Azure Synapse Analytics (in preview)
New Common Data Model connector for Apache Spark in Azure Synapse Analytics & Azure Databricks (in preview)
Column-level encryption for Azure Synapse Analytics
COPY command now generally available in Azure Synapse Analytics
New MERGE command for Azure Synapse Analytics
High throughput output from Stream Analytics to Azure Synapse Analytics (General Availability)
19 May, 2020
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Frequently asked questions
Azure Synapse is a limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources – at scale. Azure Synapse brings these two worlds together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs.
Simply put, Azure Synapse Analytics is Azure SQL Data Warehouse evolved. We have taken the same industry-leading data warehouse to a whole new level of performance and capabilities. Businesses can continue running their existing data warehouse workloads in production today with Azure Synapse and will automatically benefit from the preview capabilities when they become generally available.