Azure SQL Data Warehouse: October 2015 update

02 December 2015

This post summarizes the new features released in Azure SQL Data Warehouse in October 2015. To read more, see the October update for Azure SQL Data Warehouse blog post.
  • Parallelized data export - The addition of the CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE AS SELECT (CETAS) statement to bulk export data for cold data storage to Azure Blob Storage via PolyBase.
  • Data load performance improvements - Additional CREATE STATISTICS options on external tables to improve performance for all external table operations. Also resource class management improves load times when connecting via BCP.
  • Expanded function support - Support for functions in schemas other than the default (dbo).
  • Additional improvements - Simplified syntax for creating a temporary table, added support for the sys.dm_exec_dms_services, sys.dm_exec_dms_workers, sys.dm_exec_external_work, and sys.dm_exec_external_operations DMVs, and improved error messages for data loading and other error conditions.
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