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Introduction

Microsoft is about to take a big step in simplifying big data with the upcoming Azure Data Lake, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that has just entered public preview.

Highlights

  • Azure Data Lake was designed to look very familiar to Microsoft developers.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses how and why Azure Data Lake will simplify big data analytics.
  • Discusses why Azure Data Lake presents a promising onramp for Microsoft IT shops.
  • Provides Ovum's recommendations to Microsoft regarding the product roadmap for Azure Data Lake.

Key questions answered

  • What is Azure Data Lake and how does it depart from HDInsight?
  • Why is Azure Data Lake an intuitive onramp for Microsoft IT shops to get their feet wet in big data analytics?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Hadoop must become easier to adopt
  • Azure Data Lake was designed to look very familiar to Microsoft developers
  • Consistent with Microsoft's tradition of simplifying enterprise computing
  • Azure Data Lake is a good starter pack – for Microsoft shops

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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