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Category: Synapse Analytics

Azure Synapse Analytics Integration Points

Warner Chaves takes us through several integration points with Azure Synapse Analytics:

Azure Stream Analytics allows for in-flight querying of streaming data from Blog storage, Data Lake Storage, IoT Hub or Event Hubs. The querying is done through an easily adoptable SQL language and it really speeds up the development of a streaming solution.

The nice thing here is that Stream Analytics allows the use of a Synapse SQL Pool table as the target for the results of the streaming query. So, this is another way to do near real-time analytics by passing data from a streaming source through a Stream Analytics job and into a Synapse table. You could do this to pre-aggregate data on the fly, score data in real-time, perform real-time calculations over specific time or event windows, etc.

Click through for several examples of this.

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Simple Mapping Data Flows in Synapse

Joshuha Owen announces a new feature:

This week, we are excited to announce the public preview for Map Data, a new feature for Azure Synapse Analytics and Database Templates! The Map Data tool is a guided process to help users create ETL mappings and mapping data flows from their source data to Synapse lake database tables without writing code. This experience will help you get started with transformations into your Synapse Lake database quickly but still give you the power of Mapping Data Flows.

This process starts with the user choosing the destination tables in Synapse lake databases and then mapping their source data into these tables. We will be following up with a demo video shortly.

Click through for more details on how it works.

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New Azure Synapse Database Templates

Kevin Schofield has some new database templates for us:

The Synapse Database Template for Automotive Industries is a comprehensive data model that addresses the typical data requirements of organizations engaged in manufacturing automobiles, heavy vehicles, tires, and other automotive components.

The Synapse Database Template for Genomics is a comprehensive data model that addresses the typical data requirements of organizations engaged in acquiring and analyzing genomic data about human beings or other species.

Click through for more information on these, as well as two other fields.

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Data Exfiltration Protection and Pip

I have a post borne from frustration:

I have an Azure Synapse Analytics workspace which uses a managed virtual network and includes data exfiltration protection. I also have a Spark pool. My goal is to import a few packages and use them in a Spark notebook.

Doing so is pretty easy from the Synapse workspace. I navigate to the Manage hub and then choose Apache Spark pools from the Analytics pools menu. Select the ellipsis for my Spark pool and then choose Packages.

From there, because I plan to update Python packages, I can upload a requirements.txt file and have Pip do its job.

But then it doesn’t… Click through to learn why, as well as the workaround for this. It’s stuff like this which makes me say data exfiltration protection is a feature administrators will (mostly) like and developers will hate. Especially because there’s no obvious indicator why this was happening in the error message itself.

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Creating a Synapse Workspace with Data Exfiltration Protection

I have a post on creating a new Azure Synapse Analytics workspace:

As a quick upshot, having a managed VNet set up means that any Spark pools you create will have subnet segregation, meaning that the Spark machines will be in their own subnet, away from everything else. This provides a bit of cross-pool protection for you automatically. It also performs similar network isolation for your Synapse workspace, keeping it separated from other workspaces. The other big thing it does is create managed private endpoints to the serverless and dedicated SQL pools, which means that any network traffic between these pools and resources in the Synapse workspace will be guaranteed to transit over Azure networks and not the public internet, at least until it gets to you hitting the web.azuresynapse.net URL (and there are additional methods to lock down that part of it that we won’t cover today).

By default, the portal will not create a managed virtual network, so you’ll need to enable it at creation time. You cannot enable or disable the managed virtual network setting after a workspace has been created, so if you make a mistake, you’d need to rebuild the workspace, though you can at least use the same storage account.

One last thing that managed virtual networks offer you is the ability to enable data exfiltration protection.

Click through to see how it all works. Data exfiltration protection can limit you a bit, and that can be quite frustrating, but it does what it says…in the same way that Draconis did what he said.

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Azure Synapse Analytics: Success by Design

Wolfgang Strasser digs up some documents:

Today, I stumbled upon a very interesting link – the Azure Synapse Analytics – Success by Design site (follow this link).

If you need guidance, best practices links, POC playbooks, links to blogs & videos, tools, .. THIS is the site you need to bookmark.

Click through for a bit more information, as well as links to other relevant Azure Synapse Analytics resources.

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Dedicated SQL Pool Index, Distribution, and Partition Guidance

I have a write-up on the specific value of distributions, indexes, and partitions in Azure Synapse Analytics dedicated SQL pools:

Not too long ago, I ended up taking the DP-203 certification exam for sundry reasons. On that exam, they ask a lot about Azure Synapse Analytics, including indexing, distribution, and partitioning strategies. Because these can be a bit different from on-premises SQL Server, I wanted to cover what options are available and when you might choose them. Let’s start with distributions, as that’s the biggest change in thought process.

Read on for the guidance.

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Azure Synapse Analytics Updates

Saveen Reddy catalogs what’s new in Azure Synapse Analytics:

Quick Reuse of Spark clusters

By default, every data flow activity spins up a new Spark cluster based upon the Azure Integration Runtime (IR) configuration. Cold cluster start-up time takes a few minutes. If your pipelines contain multiple sequential data flows, you can enable a time-to-live (TTL) value, which keeps a cluster alive for a certain period of time after its execution completes. If a new job starts using the IR during the TTL duration, it will reuse the existing cluster and start up time will be greatly reduced.

Read on for the full list of updates.

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