The advances in big data, analytics and the cloud have propelled customers like the Dallas Zoo to simply do more than they ever thought possible. ForDallas Zoo, this has meant personalized tracking of their elephants; storing years of RFID data and integrating it with attendance, weather and moon cycle data for an integrated analytical experience. The challenge many customers, like Dallas Zoo, have faced is that this new wave of analytics demands significantly more computing resources to efficiently process, analyze and visualize these vast datasets.
Today, I am excited to announce the upcoming availability of a new, faster performance tier for Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) is a fully managed, petabyte-scale cloud service for data warehousing. The new compute-optimized performance tier is designed for customers that need high performance and massive scale to meet the needs of compute-intensive analytical workloads. This performance tier is being used today by a select set of customers and will be available in preview this fall.