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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

Enabling threat protection

It is important to protect our data from any anomalous activities that could be potentially harmful attempts to exploit our databases. Synapse provides you with two ways to protect your data against any threat. The first one is SQL auditing, which captures the activities related to all the changes to security, access to tables, and many more activities besides, to protect your data. The second is Azure Defender, which checks the vulnerability of your SQL pools and provides advanced data security for your data.

Let's learn a little more about Azure SQL auditing in the next subsection.

Azure SQL auditing

Azure SQL auditing captures all the events in a Synapse SQL pool and writes them to an audit log in your Azure Storage account. These audit logs can be used to analyze anomalous activities or unexpected behavior in the SQL pool.

This feature will be disabled by default, but you can enable it on the Azure SQL Auditing tab of your Azure Synapse...