Written by Arun Ulagaratchagan, Corporate Vice President, Intelligence Platform
Azure Data Explorer (ADX), a component of Azure Synapse Analytics, is a highly scalable analytics service optimized for structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. It provides users with an interactive query experience that unlocks insights from the ocean of ever-growing log and telemetry data. It is the perfect service to analyze high volumes of fresh and historical data in the cloud by using SQL or the Kusto Query Language (KQL), a powerful and user-friendly query language.
Azure Data Explorer is a key enabler for Microsoft’s own digital transformation. Virtually all Microsoft products and services use ADX in one way or another; this includes troubleshooting, diagnosis, monitoring, machine learning, and as a data platform for Azure services such as Azure Monitor, PlayFab, Sentinel, Microsoft 365 Defender, and many others. Microsoft’s customers and partners are using ADX for a large variety of scenarios from fleet management, manufacturing, security analytics solutions, package tracking and logistics, IoT device monitoring, financial transaction monitoring, and many other scenarios. Over the last years, the service has seen phenomenal growth and is now running on millions of Azure virtual machine cores.
Last year, the third generation of the Kusto engine (EngineV3) was released and is currently offered as a transparent, in-place upgrade to all users not already using the latest version. The new engine features a completely new implementation of the storage, cache, and query execution layers. As a result, performance has doubled or more in many mission-critical workloads.
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