Microsoft Inspire Day 1: The release of Microsoft 365 and updates to Azure SQL Data Warehouse

It’s that time of the year again as our team heads across the Atlantic for Microsoft Inspire, formerly known as the Worldwide Partner Conference. A staple event in our diary, Microsoft Inspire informs partners of Microsoft’s roadmap for the upcoming year, shares the latest product innovations, and teaches partners new skills and techniques

With the first Keynote focused on Digital Transformation, Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO took the stage to discuss Microsoft latest roadmap with the 17,000 delegates, introducing the creation of Microsoft 365, a service which combines Windows 10, Office 365, and other tools into a singular subscription. However the really excitement for us (and the rest of the data geeks) was the announcement that Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft’s massive parallel processing (MPP) cloud relational database, is being scaled up to meet the needs of customers’ ever-increasing requirements for data processing.

In response to “petabyte scale” analysis needs – a petabyte being 1,000 TB – Azure SQL Data Warehouse is increasing its compute power from the current maximum of 6,000 DWU (Data Warehouse Units) to 18,000 DWU. For those unfamiliar a DWU is an “abstracted measure of compute resources such as CPU, memory, and I/O bandwidth” used to assess data warehouse performance in scale computing.

Sherin Matthews, one of our Microsoft Principal Consultants, comments:

"This update has massively overcome a perceived barrier between big data compute and SQL, by tripling the compute power of Azure SQL Data Warehouse we can now process much more data at greater speeds. This update makes Azure SQL Data Warehouse a true enabler for big data Analytics.

Regarding availability, Microsoft states:

“Later this month [July], customers will be able to provision new preview instances of Azure SQL Data Warehouse at DW9000 and DW18000 through the Azure portal. Users will be able to scale with more compute capacity than ever before to drive their analytical workloads using our fully featured SQL engine.”

Simpson Associates are a software and services consultancy who have been delivering Reporting and Analysis capabilities to organisations for over 25 years. As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform and Analytics and a Cloud Platform partner, we are practicing what we preach and we believe that we have the necessary skills and experience to help you in your quest for increased productivity. Find out about our Azure SQL Data Warehouse Consultancy Services here

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