Microsoft Launches Key Piece of Cortana Analytics Suite
Azure Data Factory is now generally available, allowing customers to start piping big data into their business analytics systems.Microsoft's cloud-based big data analytics vision took a major step forward with the official release of Azure Data Factory, the company's cloud-based data integration service. A key component of Microsoft's Cortana Analytics Suite, Azure Data Factory (ADF) is designed to automate and streamline the process of moving data from disparate sources into an organization's business intelligence and analytics systems and transform it into usable formats. "With ADF, existing data processing services can be composed into data pipelines that are highly available and managed in the cloud," said Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of Information Management and Machine Learning at Microsoft, in an Aug. 6 statement. "These data pipelines can be scheduled to ingest, prepare, transform, analyze, and publish data, and ADF will manage and orchestrate all of the complex data and processing dependencies without human intervention." Taken altogether, ADF can help businesses accelerate their analytics initiatives, Sirosh added. "Solutions can be quickly built and deployed in the cloud, connecting a growing number of on-premises and cloud data sources."
ADF also serves as a backbone of sorts for Cortana Analytics Suite, said Sirosh. Describing ADF as "a foundational component of the Cortana Analytics Suite," the cloud service "stitches together and orchestrates a comprehensive set of services including Azure HDInsight, Azure ML, Power BI and more to bridge the gap between pervasive data and actionable intelligence."