2 Building an analytics system in Azure

This chapter covers

  • Introducing the six Azure services discussed in this book

  • Joining the services into a working analytics system

  • Calculating fixed and variable costs of these services

  • Applying Microsoft big data architecture best practices

Cloud providers offer a wide selection of services to build a data warehouse and analytics system. Some services are familiar incarnations of on-premises applications: virtual machines, firewalls, file storage, and databases. Increasing in abstraction are services like web hosting, search, queues, and application containerization services. At the highest levels of abstraction are products and services that have no analogue in a typical data center. For example, ...

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