Microsoft announced this week a brand new service – the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Azure SQL has provided PAAS based SQL services for a few years now, but if you wanted to run SQL analysis services, build cubes and do analytics you had to roll-out your own SQL Server on raw infrastructure as a service.
Azure SQL is quite a good service in terms of performance, scalability and pricing. You can create a database for as little as $10 / month and scale it up to 500 GB and dedicated performance.
The new SQL Data Warehouse Service will be built on top of the same Azure SQL elastic technology to enable a data warehouse that can scale up or down as needed.
The new platform also promises integration with Microsoft’s other big data and business intelligence services such as HDInsight, Power BI, Azure Machine Learning, etc.
The preview will be available later this year…