Microsoft Kicks Off Azure Data Lake Analytics Public Preview
Prodding enterprises to seek business insights in the cloud, Microsoft releases its big data analytics service as a public beta.Businesses can now take Azure Data Lake Analytics, Microsoft's big data analytics service in the cloud, for a spin, the Redmond, Wash., software giant announced this week. Microsoft debuted the Apache YARN-based offering on Sept. 29. Now, a month later, the company's customers can spin up their big data analytics projects without massive upfront investments, according to Oliver Chiu, product marketing manager for Hadoop/Big Data and Data Warehousing at Microsoft. "Azure Data Lake Analytics is a distributed big data service that dynamically scales your code so that you only need to focus on business logic and not on distributed infrastructure," stated Chiu in an Oct. 28 announcement. "The analytics service for Azure Data Lake is cost-efficient because you only pay for your job when it is running, and support for Azure Active Directory lets you manage access and roles simply and integrates with your on-premises identity system." On the developer front, Azure Data Lake Analytics includes U-SQL, Chiu noted. Besides enabling large-scale data analytics, the new query language, which was inspired by the company's own distributed runtime for big data systems, is intended to help SQL and .NET developers hit the ground running with the skills they already possess.
"The U-SQL support in Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio includes state of the art support for authoring, debugging and advanced performance analysis features for increased productivity when optimizing jobs running across thousands of nodes," stated T. K. "Ranga" Rengarajan, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Data Platform, in an earlier company blog post detailing the technology.