In the last two years since it first became available, thousands of companies have adopted Azure Databricks, making it one of the fastest growing data and AI services on Microsoft Azure. Customers now process over 2 exabytes per month with millions of server-hours spinning up every day. All of this is driven by organizations like Electrolux, Shell, and renewables.AI that are using Azure Databricks to process data at massive scale for data science and analytics.
Within this amazing adoption is a specific solution architecture to highlight called the Modern Data Warehouse (MDW). Earlier this year we wrote about the performance and scale benefits of this solution, and part of the pattern’s success has been our close integration to Azure SQL Data Warehouse with a high-performance connector that was jointly engineered to make it fast and easy to move data between the two services.
Something interesting about Synapse is that its implementation of Spark is not the same as the Databricks implementation (perhaps for licensing reasons). But that doesn’t stop us from using Databricks to process and curate data for Synapse Analytics.