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A Technical Overview of Azure Databricks – The Databricks Blog

Today at Microsoft Connect(); we introduced Azure Databricks, an exciting new service in preview that brings together the best of the Apache Spark analytics platform and Azure cloud. As a close partnership between Databricks and Microsoft, Azure Databricks brings unique benefits not present in other cloud platforms. This blog post introduces the technology and new capabilities available for data scientists, data engineers, and business decision-makers using the power of Databricks on Azure.

Apache Spark + Databricks + Enterprise Cloud = Azure Databricks

Once you manage data at scale in the cloud, you open up massive possibilities for predictive analytics, AI, and real-time applications. Over the past five years, the platform of choice for building these applications has been Apache Spark: with a massive community at thousands of enterprises worldwide, Spark makes it possible to run powerful analytics algorithms at scale and in real time to drive business insights. Managing and deploying Spark at scale has remained challenging, however, especially for enterprise use cases with large numbers of users and strong security requirements.

Enter Databricks. Founded by the team that started the Spark project in 2013, Databricks provides an end-to-end, managed Apache Spark platform optimized for the cloud. Featuring one-click deployment, autoscaling, and an optimized Databricks Runtime that can improve the performance of Spark jobs in the cloud by 10-100x, Databricks makes it simple and cost-efficient to run large-scale Spark workloads. Moreover, Databricks includes an interactive notebook environment, monitoring tools, and security controls that make it easy to leverage Spark in enterprises with thousands of users.

In Azure Databricks, we have gone one step beyond the base Databricks platform by integrating closely with Azure services through collaboration between Databricks and Microsoft. Azure Databricks features optimized connectors to Azure storage platforms (e.g. Data Lake and Blob Storage) for the fastest possible data access, and one-click management directly from the Azure console. This is the first time that an Apache Spark platform provider has partnered closely with a cloud provider to optimize data analytics workloads from the ground up.

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