Microsoft releases the latest update to Analytics Platform System (APS)

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of Analytics Platform System (APS) Appliance Update (AU) 5. APS is Microsoft’s scale-out Massively Parallel Processing fully integrated system for data warehouse specific workloads. Powered by industry-leading SQL Server as its core engine, APS leverages PolyBase, the tool that allows for integrated querying between relational and non-relational data… Read more

Analytics Platform System Update 4 Generally Available

Matt Usher, Senior Program Manager, DS SQL Engineering We are pleased to announce the general availability of Appliance Update 4 for the Microsoft Analytics Platform System. The Microsoft Analytics Platform System is a turnkey big data analytics appliance, combining Microsoft’s massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse technology with HDInsight, Microsoft’s 100% Apache Hadoop distribution, and… Read more

Relational Data Warehouse + Big Data Analytics: Analytics Platform System (APS) Appliance Update 3

This blog post was authored by: Matt Usher, Senior PM on the Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) team Microsoft is happy to announce the release of the Analytics Platform System (APS) Appliance Update (AU) 3. APS is Microsoft’s big data in a box appliance for serving the needs of relational data warehouses at massive scale…. Read more

Microsoft Strengthens Data Platform with SQL Database and Big Data Appliance Updates, Adds New Java SDK for its NoSQL Service

By Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Data Platform Making it easier for more of our customers to access our latest big data technologies, we are announcing updates to some of our flagship data platform products and services. These updates are part of our approach to make it easier for our customers to work with data of… Read more

APS Best Practice: How to Optimize Query Performance by Minimizing Data Movement

by Rob Farley, LobsterPot Solutions The Analytics Platform System, with its MPP SQL Server engine (SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse) can deliver performance and scalability for analytics workloads that you may not have expected from SQL Server. But there are key differences in working with SQL Server PDW and SQL Server Enterprise Edition that one… Read more

Architecture of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System

In today’s world of interconnected devices and broad access to more and more data, the ability to glean ambient insight from the variety of data sources has been made quite hard by the variety and speed with which data is being delivered. Think about it for a minute, your servers continue to provide interesting data… Read more

ICYMI: Data platform momentum

The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings.   At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations for handling data of all shapes and sizes, and… Read more

Customers using Microsoft technologies to accelerate their insights

At yesterday’s Accelerate your insights event in San Francisco, we heard from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP Quentin Clark about how building a data culture in your company is critical to success. By combining data-driven DNA with the right analytics tools, anyone can transform data into action. Many companies, and many of our customers, are already… Read more

The data platform for a new era

Earlier today, Microsoft hosted a customer event in San Francisco where I joined CEO Satya Nadella and COO Kevin Turner to share our perspective on the role of data in business. Satya outlined his vision of a platform built for an era of ambient intelligence. He also stressed the importance of a “data culture” that encourages… Read more