by: Mike Waas

Azure Synapse breaks down all the data silos

Today, Microsoft positioned Azure Synapse Analytics as the go-to enterprise data platform with much fanfare. The emphasis is on comprehensive data management, packaged as a family of coherent and deeply integrated components. Azure Synapse Analytics has evolved into a powerful platform. And the data warehouse is the centerpiece.

Breaking down the data silos

The value of data is in the processing. It is in the quick and uncomplicated access to information. Data stored in disparate systems rapidly diminishes in value. Once sequestered away in silos, access to relevant information is limited to small parts of the organization. Over time, data silos become a liability that burdens the entire organization. Soon, the lack of access to data gets in the way of new revenue. Not being able to overcome the barriers of data silos has dire consequences for the enterprise.

That said, nobody plans to build data silo in the first place. Nobody makes deliberate decisions to separate critical data. Silos are a very natural development. Organically grown IT infrastructure, M&A activities, and the continuous adoption of new technology simply led to a fragmented landscape over time.

Public cloud is a turning point. With an ecosystem that is comprehensive and takes away the burden of integration and maintenance, cloud is the perfect antidote to data silos. Azure Synapse has made big strides in unifying any number of data processing facilities. Once data is landed in Synapse all other Azure capabilities can freely access it. That’s what Microsoft means by “breaking down all the silos”. It’s a bold vision.

The legacy data warehouse is the last silo

One data silo always stands out: the legacy data warehouse. Global 2000 and Fortune 500 enterprises seem locked in solidly to aging technology. Applications written for the legacy data warehouse are widely considered impossible to replatform.

However, without moving the legacy data warehouse to Azure Synapse, the overall strategy will be incomplete. Real value comes from making Azure Synapse the core of the new infrastructure. Especially Teradata and Oracle continue to have an iron grip on the enterprise. Rewriting and redesigning applications just to move them from one platform to another is an incredibly costly and time-consuming undertaking. It is no surprise that most IT leaders consider replatforming the enterprise data warehouse “mission impossible”. Given the short runway, many IT leaders are afforded, their replatforming has to be completed quickly. Most enterprises expect a return on investment within just a few quarters. In this situation, rewriting existing business applications is an extremely risky undertaking. Statistics show the majority of migrations run long, are over budget, and fail ultimately.

So how do you get from the legacy data warehouse to Azure Synapse?

Datometry enables enterprises to replatform existing applications without the far-reaching changes of a conventional migration. By virtualizing the APIs of the data warehouse, Datometry offers existing applications exactly the same APIs and client tools as the legacy warehouse — yet runs all workloads on Azure Synapse. With Datometry, Azure Synapse “speaks” for example Teradata. Now, Teradata applications can interact with Azure Synapse as if it was Teradata.

In addition to accommodating existing applications, Datometry enables new developments on Synapse on day one. Critically, Datometry does not conserve the existing environment but offers the enterprise the best of both worlds. IT can bring the existing business applications as they are and guarantee business continuity. At the same time, their developers are invited to start new projects directly on Azure Synapse. Join leading enterprises into a new world of data.

How to get started?

Today’s announcements pushed open the door to a wealth of opportunities for the modern enterprise. In addition, it cements Microsoft’s commitment to building the ecosystem modern enterprises need to outperform and out-innovate their competition.

With Datometry, Azure Synapse is suddenly in reach even if your organization is still heavily invested in legacy data warehouse technology

Think “that’s too good to be true”? Well, think again. If you’re looking to replatform you owe it to yourself to explore this powerful value proposition. Start with an assessment and understand how your current system measures up against Azure Synapse. Get a complete TCO analysis and understand what it takes to make the leap to Azure Synapse with virtualization.

Contact your Microsoft representative to see if you qualify for a complimentary assessment. Take the first step toward a modern data warehouse.

About Mike Waas CEO

Mike Waas founded Datometry with the vision of redefining enterprise data management. In the past, Mike held key engineering positions at Microsoft, Amazon, Greenplum, EMC, and Pivotal. He earned an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Passau, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mike has co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed publications and has 20+ patents on data management to his name.