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July 2018

Jul 19

Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 name change

Data Lake Storage Gen2 Preview is available in the West US 2 and West Central US regions. During the preview, usage charges will show as "ADFS" on invoices. Names will change starting September 1, 2018.

June 2018

Jun 27

Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 now in preview

Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is a highly scalable, performant, and cost-effective data lake solution for big data analytics.

Jun 27

Updates to Hadoop, Spark, and Data Lake Storage Gen2 on Azure HDInsight

We’re announcing several new capabilities across a wide range of OSS frameworks and support of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 on Azure HDInsight.

Jun 27

Announcing the preview for Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 offers a no-compromise data lake. It unifies the core capabilities from the first generation of Azure Data Lake with a Hadoop compatible file system endpoint now directly integrated into Azure Blob Storage. This enhancement combines the scale and cost benefits of object storage with the reliability and performance typically associated only with on-premises file systems. This new file system includes a full hierarchical namespace that makes files and folders first class citizens, translating to faster, more reliable analytic job execution.

November 2017

Nov 17

Azure Databricks

Azure Databricks is a high-performance Apache Spark-based platform optimized for Azure.

October 2017

Oct 15

Azure IoT Remote Monitoring update

New updates to Azure IoT Remote Monitoring, a solution accelerator that's fully operational right out of the box, are now available.

Oct 2

Azure Data Lake Analytics introduces capabilities to manage pipelines and recurring jobs

Azure Data Lake Analytics can help you easily organize, manage, and gain insights from Data Lake Analytics jobs that are running as part of pipelines or on a recurring basis.

July 2017

Jul 18

Azure Data Lake Analytics now supports new policies to manage compute resources (AUs)

Implement your organization's policies to ensure that compute resources (AUs) are always available for your most critical U-SQL jobs.

July 2016

Jul 19

General availability: Azure portal updates for Azure Stream Analytics

The Azure Stream Analytics team is happy to announce that we just released three updates to the Azure portal (

May 2016

May 13

Azure Data Lake update announcement

Azure Data Lake updates are available and provide basic improvements across the board.

November 2015

Nov 18

Azure Data Lake Store and Azure Data Lake Analytics integration with Azure Data Factory

You can use Azure Data Factory to move data to and from Data Lake Store, and you can run queries with Data Lake Analytics.

October 2015

Oct 29

Public preview: Azure Data Lake Store

Azure Data Lake Store provides a single repository where you can simply capture data of any size, type, and speed—without forcing changes to your application as the data scales.

Oct 29

Public preview: Azure Data Lake Analytics

Azure Data Lake Analytics dynamically scales so you can focus on your business goals. Instead of deploying, configuring, and tuning hardware, you write queries to transform your data and help extract valuable insights.