Today we are announcing Azure Event Hubs Capture, released in public preview in September 2016 as Azure Event Hubs Archive, is now Generally Available.

This capability adds an important dimension to Azure Event Hubs, which is a highly scalable data streaming platform and event ingestion service capable of receiving and processing millions of events per second. Event Hubs Capture makes it easy to send this data to persistent storage without using code or configuring other compute services. You can currently use it to push data directly from Event Hubs to Azure Storage as blobs. In the near future, we will also support Azure Data Lake Store. Other benefits include:

Simple setup: You can use either the Azure portal or an Azure Resource Manager template to configure Event Hubs to take advantage of Capture capability.

Reduced total cost of ownership: Event Hubs handles all the management, so there is minimal overhead involved in setting up and tracking your custom job processing mechanisms.

Integrated with your destination: Just choose your Azure Storage account, and soon Azure Data Lake Store, and Event Hubs Capture will automatically push the data into your repositories.

Near-Real time batch analytics: Event data is available within minutes of ingress into Event Hubs. This enables the most common scenarios of near-real time analytics without having to construct separate data pipelines.

Perfect on-ramp for Big Data: When the Capture feature is enabled, Event Hubs allows a single stream to support real-time and batch based pipeline, making it easy to compose your Big Data solutions with Event Hubs.

With the move to General Availability, beginning August 1, 2017 Event Hubs Capture will be charged at an hourly rate of $0.10/hr. For detailed pricing, please refer to Event Hubs pricing

Next steps

We have a few additional resources that can jump-start your usage of Events Hubs. After learning more about this new feature and Event Hubs more generally, you can explore how to use templates to enable Capture capability on your Event Hub. Lastly, we hope you’ll let us know what you think about newer sinks and newer serialization formats.

If you have any questions or suggestions, leave us a comment below.

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