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Limitless Analytics with Azure Synapse

By : Prashant Kumar Mishra
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Limitless Analytics with Azure Synapse

By: Prashant Kumar Mishra

Overview of this book

Azure Synapse Analytics, which Microsoft describes as the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, is a limitless analytics service that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics together. With this book, you'll learn how to discover insights from your data effectively using this platform. The book starts with an overview of Azure Synapse Analytics, its architecture, and how it can be used to improve business intelligence and machine learning capabilities. Next, you'll go on to choose and set up the correct environment for your business problem. You'll also learn a variety of ways to ingest data from various sources and orchestrate the data using transformation techniques offered by Azure Synapse. Later, you'll explore how to handle both relational and non-relational data using the SQL language. As you progress, you'll perform real-time streaming and execute data analysis operations on your data using various languages, before going on to apply ML techniques to derive accurate and granular insights from data. Finally, you'll discover how to protect sensitive data in real time by using security and privacy features. By the end of this Azure book, you'll be able to build end-to-end analytics solutions while focusing on data prep, data management, data warehousing, and AI tasks.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: The Basics and Key Concepts
Section 2: Data Ingestion and Orchestration
Section 3: Azure Synapse for Data Scientists and Business Analysts
Section 4: Best Practices

Creating restore points

Azure Synapse Analytics creates various restore points throughout the day by using screenshots. These restore points are available for 7 days and we do not have the luxury of modifying this retention period. But we do have the luxury of creating a new SQL pool in the primary region, by using any of the screenshots taken within the last 7 days. We can create our own restore points as well. Let's learn about both types of restore points in the following sections.

Automatic restore points

By using an automatic restore point, we can select any date and time within the range of the last 7 days to restore the SQL pool in our primary region. This is a built-in feature, so we do not need to enable this feature manually. However, if we pause our dedicated SQL pool very frequently, then these automatic restore points cannot be generated. Users do not have the privilege of deleting these restore points.

It takes just a couple of steps to create and restore...