Microsoft to Help Enterprises Plunge Into Cloudy Big Data Lakes
On the eve of AzureCon, Microsoft's cloud-themed virtual event, the company previews its latest big data offerings.Microsoft announced some major new developments surrounding its cloud-based big data processing capabilities in advance of AzureCon, a free virtual event that kicks off Sept. 29. Among them is Azure Data Lake Store, an expansion of Azure Data Lake, the company's cloud-based repository for big data workloads, which was first announced at the Build conference in April. Azure Data Lake Store is aimed at simplifying big data processing and analytics for enterprises, according to T. K. Rengarajan, corporate vice president of Microsoft Data Platform. "The Data Lake Store provides a single repository where you can easily capture data of any size, type and speed without forcing changes to your application as data scales," stated Rengarajan in a Sept. 28 announcement. "In the store, data can be securely shared for collaboration and is accessible for processing and analytics from HDFS [Hadoop Distributed File System] applications and tools." HDFS is the scalable and distributed storage component of the popular Hadoop big data processing platform. Microsoft plans to offer Azure Data Lake as a preview later this year.
Azure Data Lake Store helps set the stage for enterprise Internet of things (IoT) initiatives, according to Rengarajan. "For example, data can be ingested in real-time from sensors and devices for IoT solutions, or from online shopping websites into the store without the restriction of fixed limits on account or file size unlike current offerings in the market."