Microsoft Expands Big Data Platform

Microsoft expands its data platform with 3 major features: SQL Server 2014 with in-memory technology, Azure Intelligent Systems Service, and Analytics Platform System - SQL Server + Hadoop. New CEO Satya gives low-key but impressive presentation.

By Gregory Piatetsky, Apr 21, 2014.

Satya Nadella Last week, I watched new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella "Accelerate Your Insights" Keynote given in San Francisco. Satya, as Microsoft people are calling him, was low-key but eloquent and impressive in presenting Microsoft vision for Big Data and "Ambient intelligence" - pervasive intelligence that arises from learning from all that data. I also learned that Microsoft people pronounces "Azure" very differently from how French say "Azure" in Cote D'Azure.

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner and data platform CVP Quentin Clark gave great demos, which showcased real-time access to large databases and very interesting visualizations capabilities, using Microsoft own data.

Three main new features of the Microsoft data platform are:
  • SQL Server 2014, which now delivers real-time performance with built in in-memory technology and public cloud scale and disaster recovery with Microsoft
  • Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service (Limited public preview), helps securely connect to, manage and capture machine-generated data from sensors and devices, regardless of operating system.
  • Analytics Platform System (APS), which combines the best of Microsoft SQL Server database and Hadoop technology in one low-cost offering - "big data in a box".

Quentin Clark blog The data platform for a new era People, Data, Analytics explains three aspects of this platform: people, data, and analytics.

He writes:
It's people asking questions about data that's the starting point -- Power BI for Office 365 and Excel's business intelligence features helps get them there. Data is key - data from all kinds of sources, including SQL Server, Azure and accessibility of the world's data from Excel. Analytics brings order and sets up insights from broad data - analytics from SQL Server and Power BI for Office 365, and Azure HDInsight for running Hadoop in the cloud.

[ See also KDnuggets Interview with Quentin Clark, CVP, Microsoft Data Platform Group. ]

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