Azure Marketplace – exciting apps and products for data platform solutions

Azure Marketplace is a good place to find relevant applications (apps) and products to enhance productivity for your data platform.

The marketplace (or play store in other words) has been featured with various services such as:

  • Virtual Machines
  • Application Servers
  • API Apps
  • Azure AD apps
  • Web apps
  • Data Services
  • Microsoft Dynamics Solutions (CRM) (will be added soon)

With a Free Trial  (which is valid for a calendar month) you can test/verify/get-a-feel about all the services that were mentioned above. Not only that as a part of MSDN subscription you can avail the opportunity to test/develop relevant services as per your business needs.

There are few good announcements were made on Azure arena, such as Azure SQL Database elastic database -to build/support SaaS applications with new security capabilities such as Row-level security and Dynamic data masking along with Transparent  Data Encryption; Azure SQL Data Warehouse – as the name represents this is a fully managed relational data warehouse-as-a-service (DWaaS); and Azure Data Lake– (a hyper-active) scaled-up data store which is optimized for big-data analytic workloads.

Azure Data Lake

Azure Data Lake


If you are already on Azure you can Try out the Azure SQL Database previews and also sign up to be notified on any new releases.

Few exciting announcements such as Hadoop-as-a-Services solution and Azure HDInsight, a scaled-up big data repository. Combined with Azure Data Lake, and Hadoop infrastructure-as-a-service (from Hortonworks and Cloudera) (check latest enhancements on Hortonworks – Hortonworks Data Platform 2.3  will be a greatest addition to the Big Data analytics platform. Also MapR to Offer Cloud-based Hadoop with Microsoft Azure addition will be another advantage to the Business Analytics and Business Intelligence solutions.

Chek these out!