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In a major refresh to its cloud data warehousing service, Microsoft has significantly ramped up the performance, scale, and concurrency of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.


  • This research note analyzes the new features of the Compute Optimized Gen2 tier release.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the new hardware and cloud infrastructure features responsible for boosting performance and concurrency.
  • Compares Azure SQL DW Gen 2 to recent enhancements with rival platforms such as Amazon Redshift.

Key questions answered

  • How has Microsoft boosted performance and scale with the Compute Optimized Gen2 tier release of Azure SQL Data Warehouse?
  • How does Azure SQL Data Warehouse stack up to Amazon Redshift and Snowflake?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • A significant upgrade
  • For cloud data warehouses, there's a race to the top
  • How does Azure SQL Data Warehouse stack up?


  • Further reading
  • Author

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