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Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) is a SQL-based fully managed, petabyte-scale cloud solution for data warehousing. SQL Data Warehouse is highly elastic, enabling you to provision in minutes and scale capacity in seconds. You can scale compute and storage independently, allowing you to burst compute for complex analytical workloads or scale down your warehouse for archival scenarios, and pay based off what you're using instead of being locked into predefined cluster configurations.

We are pleased to announce that Azure SQL Data Warehouse training is now available online via the edX training portal. In this computer science course, you will learn how to deploy, design, and load data using Microsoft's Azure SQL Data Warehouse, or SQL DW. You'll learn about data distribution, compressed in-memory indexes, PolyBase for Big Data, and elastic scale.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Key Concepts of MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) Technology and SQL Data Warehouse
This module makes a case for deploying a data warehouse in the cloud, introduces massively parallel processing and explores the components of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Module 2: Provisioning a SQL Data Warehouse
This module introduces the tasks needed to provision Azure SQL Data Warehouse, the tools used to connect to and manage the data warehouse and key querying options.

Module 3: Designing Tables and Loading Data
This module covers data distribution in an MPP data warehouse, creating tables and loading data.

Module 4: Integrating SQL DW in a Big Data Solution
This module introduces Polybase to access big data, managing, protecting, and securing your Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and integrating your Azure SQL Data Warehouse into a big data solution.

Final Exam
The final exam accounts for 30% of your grade and will be combined with the weekly quizzes to determine your overall score. You must achieve an overall score of 70% or higher to pass this course and earn a certificate.

Note: To complete the hands-on elements in this course, you will require an Azure subscription. You can sign up for a free Azure trial subscription (a valid credit card is required for verification, but you will not be charged for Azure services).  Note that the free trial is not available in all regions. It is possible to complete the course and earn a certificate without completing the hands-on practices.

Exclusive free trial

We’re giving all our customers free access to Azure SQL Data Warehouse for a whole month!  More information on the SQL DW Free Trial.  All you need to do is sign up with your Azure Subscription details before 30th June 2017.

Azure Subscription

If you don’t have an Azure subscription you can sign up for free.  Provision for yourself the industry leading elastic-scale data warehouse literally in minutes and experience how easy it is to go from ‘just data’ to ‘business insights’.  Load your data or try out pre-loaded sample data set and run queries with compute power of up to 1000 DWU (Data Warehouse Units) and 12TB of storage to experience this fully managed cloud-based service for an entire month for free.

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