11/15/2015

What is Cortana Analytics Suite from Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure has many tools for developers.  One of the new suites to appear is the Cortana Analytics suite.  It's comprised of multiple technologies, some you may already know.

Cortana Analytics is a combination of:
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure HDInsight
  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Azure Streaming Analytics
  • Azure Event Hub
  • Azure Data Lake Analytics
  • Azure Data Factor
  • Azure Data Catalog
  • PowerBI
Many of you are probably familiar with Azure SQL Database.  An Online version of SQL Server, either run by Azure entirely or where you maintain and support a version running in a VM.

Azure HDInsight is the Microsoft Cloud version of Hadoop.  It complies with all the Apache Foundation Hadoop features and scales nicely.

Azure Machine Learning is a sandbox to build experiments using Machine Learning algorithms.

Azure Streaming Analytics allows developers to watch data in flight, typically working with Azure Event Hub.

Azure Data Lake Analytics is a new product currently in Preview.  It allows big data developers a new platform to store and query big data across any language.

Azure Data Factory is a process of automating data movement in the cloud

Azure Data Catalog is a solution in the Cloud to keep track of your data sources, their metadata, configure who has access to which data sources and allow search, tag and big picture of data ecosystem.

PowerBI is a tool for bringing in data, mashing with other data sources, adding business rules, staging the data, creating reports and dashboards and collaborating on the data to derive insights.  There are three flavors, traditional Excel Add-Ins, Power BI Desktop and PowerBI.Com.

So there you have it, Cortana Analytics Suite.  An ecosystem based in Azure cloud to work with data from just about any angle.  To derive insights and run your business.


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