Microsoft is holding its annual developer conference, Build, this week, and the company has already made dozens of announcements, including the new Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform that the company says fully integrates databases, analytics and governance and helps break down silos that exist between databases and analytics products.
According to the company, the platform is designed to enable organizations to invest more time creating value instead of integrating and managing their data estate.
The Microsoft Intelligence Data Platform includes the new SQL Server 2022, currently in preview, which Microsoft calls its most Azure-enabled release yet.
“By connecting SQL server to Azure through seamless disaster recovery to Azure SQL Managed Instance, SQL Server 2022 provides true resilience,” the company says.
Microsoft is also launching the general availability of a new Business Critical tier of Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance to help customers run mission-critical workloads in hybrid and multicloud environments.
The company is also adding new features to Azure SQL Database to help simplify and expedite application development and reduce time to market, including a new ledger feature to “eliminate the additional cost and complexity of decentralized blockchain technology while providing the benefits of blockchain in a fully managed and familiar SQL environment.”
Microsoft also announced a new 30-day trial experience in Azure Cosmos DB, which includes new burst capacity and elasticity features in preview.
According to Microsoft, Azure Database for MySQL Flexible Server Memory-Optimized service tier is now the improved “Business Critical” tier for high performance transactional or analytical applications, with a 1.5x performance improvement over Single Server.
Another tool in the Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform is datamart in Power BI, a new premium self-service capability that gives users the power to uncover actionable insights through their own data sets, enabling developers and business analysts to build a datamart that can be centrally governed and managed for workload sup to half a terabyte.
For data governance, Microsoft announced the preview of Dynamic Lineage for Azure SQL Databases in Microsoft Purview to enrich the Microsoft purview Data Map with details from actual runs of SQL stored procedures in Azure SQL databases for customers to govern their data cross hybrid and multicloud environments.
In addition, Microsoft Purview Data Estate Insights will be generally available in the coming months, per the company.
Also in preview is a Responsible Ai dashboard in Azure Machine Learning to allow customers to implement it more easily be debugging machine learning models and making informed data-driven decisions.