Microsoft Cloud Tool Moves Enterprise Analytics Data Easily
The new Azure Data Factory Copy Wizard simplifies moving data into Microsoft's cloud-based analytics platforms.The jobs of administrators tasked with transferring data with Azure Data Factory, Microsoft's cloud-based data integration service, are about to get easier. Microsoft launched a preview of an interactive tool called Azure Data Factory Copy Wizard, which provides a new, code-free approach to moving data between the company's various cloud database offerings. "Data is the raw material for analytics and our goal is to allow moving diverse data (structure, unstructured, small, big, etc.) to and from Azure in a friction-free, performant and reliable manner," Anand Subbaraj, principal program manager of Microsoft Azure Data Factory, said in a March 18 announcement. "With this release, customers can easily move data between Azure BlobStorage, Azure SQL, Azure SQL DW, Azure Data Lake and On-Premises SQL Server using a simple and code-free wizard." The Azure Data Factory Copy Wizard is in its earliest stages, noted Subbaraj. Over the next few weeks, the company plans to enable all of the 20-plus connectors currently supported by Azure Data Factory. Serving as the backbone of Cortana Analytics Suite, a collection of big data processing, machine-learning and analytics technologies, Azure Data Factory automates the process of gathering data for the purposes of deriving insights from it. It enables enterprises to draw from multiple and disparate data sources for their business intelligence (BI) and analytics systems, with a minimum of human intervention.
The new wizard further minimizes the time it takes users to feed data through Azure Data Factory. Microsoft intends for the tool to make it easier for developers to tap into cloud-scale predictive analytics capabilities and help data scientists quickly upload data and perform experiments.