Modern Data Platforms – Overview of Microsoft Synapse

Modern Data Platforms – Overview of Microsoft Synapse

Why use Synapse? The benefits of working with Synapse

Azure Synapse Analytics is a Windows analytics service that brings together data integration, enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics under one cloud service. 

Combining state of the art data analysis with industry-specific templates and 360 insights,  Synapse is a key consideration  for any data-driven business. 

We’re going to be exploring the benefits of Synapse, and why you should use it to enhance your business.

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What is Synapse?

Azure Synapse Analytics is Microsoft’s cloud analytics platform that’s transforming the way data is analysed, organised and used. It allows businesses to explore their data in new ways, and ingest, explore, prepare, transform, manage and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs.

One of Synapse’s main selling points is that it brings together the capabilities of data lakes and data warehouses. By drawing on data lakes and warehouses, Azure Synapse collates holistic information for unmatched time to insight and an easy-to-scale data offering. 

With one platform for all of your data needs, Synapse successfully fuses the important services in the data industry. By putting all of your data in one place, Synapse gives you a place to explore and find true innovation.

Why use Synapse?

If you’re a business who thrives off data, Synapse is the perfect platform for you, as it combines all of your data into one integrated platform, allowing you to get a holistic view, and integrates nicely with Power BI to offer data insights,  visualisation and dashboarding capabilities. 


Key points of difference with Synapse are:

  • There is unlimited potential to scale
  • They have code-free and low-code options so that anyone can use the platform 
  • Synapse supports a number of languages like SQL, Python, .NET, Java, Scala, and R so it can be modified by a range of developers
  • It supports SQL and Spark that can process data in a batch, streaming, and interactive manner
  • It integrates with other data services like Azure Data Catalogue, Azure Lake Storage, Azure Databricks, Azure HDInsight, Azure Machine Learning, and Power BI.


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What are the benefits of working with Synapse?

Synapse provides you with a unified data platform

Today, there are many great cloud data services available to businesses. But if you’re new to the world of data and analytics, it can get overwhelming to know which services to choose from. 

For many businesses, it can be time consuming and more complicated using multiple cloud services from different vendors; it can also be difficult to learn how to use each of these platforms individually, and integrate data across these platforms.   

Luckily, Synapse makes this process easier, as it integrates all the data services you’ll ever need onto a single platform. This way, you don’t have to navigate your way through multiple platforms. Synapse helps many businesses to consolidate all their data requirements together, allowing them to view their data ultimately with greater clarity.

With Synapse, the possibilities are endless

Azure Synapse is the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse where businesses can process ‘limitless’ amounts of data, much more quickly. By pulling together insights from all data sources, data warehouses, and big data analytics systems, Synapse provides you with a larger workspace and more tools to achieve deeper insights.

With Synapse, your data sets become bigger and better providing far more flexibility.  Rather than sorting through all of your insights on different platforms, you’ll see how your data works together as a whole. 

Synapse has advanced security measures

Synapse has high levels of security, and is considered  one of the secure data management platforms.  According to Microsoft, Synapse utilises a “​​​​multi-layered security architecture for end-to-end protection of your data” made up of 5 layers of security. 

This will ensure that your data remains secure, leaving it less susceptible to theft or data leaks. 

Synapse is integrated with Machine Learning services

Synapse integrates with Azure Machine Learning to help you get more valuable, profound insights from your data.  With Machine Learning, you’ll be able to build AI models, providing the ability to predict future trends, generate insights faster and boost the efficiency of your business.

If you’re a business that requires in-depth data insights, Synapse is a great option. It consolidates many of your data services in one place, and enables more advanced  insights and analytics that will keep you ahead in your industry. 

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