Databricks SQL already provides a first-class user experience for BI and SQL directly on the data lake, and today, we are excited to announce another step in making data and AI simple with Databricks Serverless SQL. This new capability for Databricks SQL provides instant compute to users for their BI and SQL workloads, with minimal management required and capacity optimizations that can lower overall cost by an average of 40%. This makes it even easier for organizations to expand adoption of the lakehouse for business analysts who are looking to access the rich, real-time datasets of the lakehouse with a simple and performant solution.
Under the hood of this capability is an active server fleet, fully managed by Databricks, that can transfer compute capacity to user queries, typically in about 15 seconds. The best part? You only pay for Serverless SQL when users start running reports or queries.
Things are getting interesting between Databricks and Azure Synapse Analytics, as both now have serverless SQL and Spark offerings. Synapse Analytics has the better implementation for serverless SQL and Databricks the superior Spark implementation, so it becomes a question of which weakness you take in order to gain the strength.