James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Analytics Platform System (APS) is simply a renaming of the Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW). It is not really a new product, but rather a name change due to a new feature in Appliance Update 1 (AU1) of PDW. That new feature is the ability to have a HDInsight region (a Hadoop cluster) inside the appliance.
So APS combines SQL Server and Hadoop into a single offering that Microsoft is touting as providing “big data in a box.”
Think of APS as the “evolution” of Microsoft’s current SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse product. Using PolyBase, it now supports the ability to query data using SQL across the traditional data warehouse, plus data stored in a Hadoop region, whether in the appliance or a separate Hadoop Cluster.
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