Azure SQL or Azure SQL Data Warehouse?

Customers committed to the Microsoft stack often ask which product they should target for their cloud data warehouse – Azure SQL or Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Today I heard a Senior Program Manager from the ASDW team give the following answer:

  • If your data is measured in gigabytes, or your fact tables have less than 100 million rows, we’re probably not the right solution

I also read an interesting article the other day, that suggested 70% of analytics data sets – the data normally found in a data warehouse – are less than 1Tb. Yes, the article is a little old, but that 70% figure was at the 500Gb mark, which meant it could double and still hold true today.

In other words, the typical SME-scale data warehouse is probably better off on Azure SQL. If you don’t have tens of millions of customers or products, and you don’t transact hundreds of millions of line items per year, you should probably start your data warehouse on Azure SQL.

Ajilius supports both Azure SQL and Azure SQL Data Warehouse, with three-click migration between them. That means you’re not locked in by your choice of database, and you can easily change your mind if your data grows beyond initial expectations.

You can’t go wrong building your Microsoft data warehouse with Ajilius.


New Script Form

The Ajilius script forms used to look like this:

Now, in Ajilius 3.5.0, we’ve moved to a tabbed presentation of scripts:

There are three main benefits from this new interface:

  • Scripts are more readable
  • You can choose between a CREATE and ALTER script for a table
  • We’ve got room to show¬†all the scripts for a table, including some in up-coming releases

Please note, if the ALTER tab is empty, it means that the table metadata matches its deployment, and no alteration is required.

Ajilius. Simpler scripting.

Role-based Permissions

Release 3.4.0 of Ajilius brings support for role-based permissions in the data warehouse.

Permissions are granted to schemas by role.

A given role may be granted read, write or read-write access to each schema.

Normal end-users of the data warehouse will only require read access on the DW and REPORT schemas.

A simple list shows the permissions granted by role.

Permissions are maintained through form-based selections.

When scripts are generated for a table, the appropriate permissions are automatically maintained.

Ajilius. Simplifying role-based permissions.