So, what is Azure Databricks? To answer this question, let’s start all the way at the bottom of the hole and climb up. So, what is Hadoop? Apache Hadoop is an open-source, distributed storage and computing ecosystem designed to handle incredibly large volumes of data and complex transformations. It is becoming more common as organizations are starting to integrate massive data sources, such as social media, financial transactions and the Internet of Things. However, Hadoop solutions are extremely complex to manage and develop. So, many people have worked together to create platforms that layer on top of Hadoop to provide a simpler way to solve certain types of problems. Apache Spark is one of these platforms. You can read more about Apache Hadoop here and here.
It’s Hadoop turtles all the way down.