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Azure Databricks is a fast, easy, and collaborative Apache Spark based analytics platform that simplifies the process of building big data and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Azure Databricks provides data engineers and data scientists an interactive workplace where they can use the languages and frameworks of their choice. Natively integrated with services like Azure Machine Learning and Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Databricks enables customers to build an end-to-end modern data warehouse, real-time analytics, and machine learning solutions.

Save up to 37 percent on your Azure Databricks workloads

Azure Databricks Unit pre-purchase plan is now generally available—expanding our commitment to make Azure the most cost-effective cloud for running your analytics workloads.

Today, with the Azure Databricks Unit pre-purchase plan, you can start unlocking the benefits of Azure Databricks at significantly reduced costs when you pre-pay for Databricks compute for a one or three-year term. With this new pricing option, you can achieve savings of up to 37 percent compared to pay-as-you-go pricing. You can learn more about the discount tiers on our pricing page. All Azure Databricks SKUs—Premium and Standard SKUs for Data Engineering Light, Data Engineering, and Data Analytics—are eligible for DBU pre-purchase.

Compared with other Azure services with reserved capacity pricing, which have a per hour capacity purchase, this plan allows you to pre-purchase DBUs that can be used at any time. You also have the flexibility to consume units across all workload types and tiers.

Azure Databricks is offered as a first party Azure service. You can pre-purchase Databricks compute either from your Azure prepayment or existing payment instruments.

Azure Databricks is now available in South Africa and South Korea

Azure Databricks is now generally available in additional regions—South Africa and South Korea. These additional locations bring the product worldwide availability count to 26 regions backed by a 99.95 percent SLA.

Driven by the motto of innovation and accessibility, we aim to ensure that we build a cloud infrastructure to serve the needs of customers globally. Stay updated with the region availability for Azure Databricks.

Organizations also benefit from Azure Databricks' native integration with other services like Azure Blob storage, Azure Data Factory, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure Cosmos DB. This enables new analytics solutions that support modern data warehousing, advanced analytics, and real-time analytics scenarios.

Get started today

Getting started with DBU pre-purchase is easy, and is done via the Azure portal. For details on how to get started, see our documentation. For more information on discount tiers, please visit the pricing page.

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