Microsoft Azure Data Lake Service Expands Offering to Include Storage, Analytics and HD Insight

Microsoft previously announced a new Azure Data Lake service that would provide the repository for massively scalable big data storage.  The service has been refined and expanded to now include:

Azure Data Lake Store: what was previously announced as Azure Data Lake, provides a massively scalable repository for capturing data built on HDFS.

Azure Data Lake Analytics: a new service built on Apache YARN for performing distributed analytics.

Azure HD Insight: full managed Hadoop clusters, now available on Linux as well as Windows.

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Cortana Analytics Suite Leverages Azure Big Data Services for Customer Ready Workloads

What is Cortana Analytics

Microsoft announced a new Big Data service – Cortana Analytics.  Cortana Analytics leverages and bundles existing Azure big data and BI services such as HD Insights, Power BI, Azure Data Lake, Azure ML, etc. and provides customers with a monthly subscription to access a collection of pre-configured customer ready solutions including:

  • Fraud detection
  • Product recommendations
  • Churn analysis
  • Face and speech recognition
  • Text analytics

In addition, Cortana Analytics will provide a dedicated front-end presentation tier as well as expected touch and voice commands for interacting with data.


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New Azure IofT Suite Announced

Microsoft has announced the Azure IoT Suite at Convergence.  This new service will extend the existing big data and IofT services Microsoft already has in various stages of evolution.

Microsoft’s vision is to help companies thrive in this era of IoT, delivering open, scalable platforms and services that any company, whether startup or the most established global enterprises, can use to create new value, right now. Nadella mentioned our investments in the Windows 10 IoT operating system for devices, and equally with the Azure IoT Suite, we’re bringing together a variety of Azure services to help our customers accelerate their transformation to digital businesses.

The Azure IoT Suite is an integrated offering that takes advantage of all the relevant Azure capabilities to connect devices and other assets (i.e. “things”), capture the diverse and voluminous data they generate, integrate and orchestrate the flow of that data, and manage, analyze and present it as usable information to the people who need it to make better decisions as well as intelligently automate operations. The offering, while customizable to fit the unique needs of organizations, will also provide finished applications to speed deployment of common scenarios we see across many industries, such as remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance, while providing the ability to grow and scale solutions to millions of “things.”

Additionally, the Azure IoT Suite will provide a simple and predictable pricing model despite the rich set of capabilities and broad scenarios it delivers, so our customers can plan and budget appropriately. This approach is aimed at simplifying the complexities that often exist with implementing and costing IoT solutions.

The Azure IoT Suite is an evolution of the Azure Intelligence Systems Service announced last April.  Interestingly, when you now try to search for this older name the content appears to have been removed.

The Azure IoT Suite will tie into the other big data services being offered in various stages of evolution in Azure such as Stream Analytics, Apache Storm, HDInsight, etc.

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