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What is Azure Synapse and how does it work?

 2022/07/06   Microsoft Cloud Solutions   1097 visit(s)  4 min to read




Today’s internet world is flooding with more solutions than ever, and whether you are a business owner, IT manager, or even a developer, the biggest names in IT are working to provide and update various solutions to make the process of dealing with data and analytics feel like a breeze.

Apparently, Microsoft Azure has a lot of services to offer, and too many tools to solve every IT problem you can think of!

In this article, we will be diving into what’s known as Azure Synapse and how it can be a great addition to your business.

What is Azure Synapse?

Azure Synapse or Azure Synapse Analytics is an unlimited information analysis service that was designed for large companies that deal with big data.

The solution was first presented at the evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and it brings together business data storage and big data analysis.

What Azure Synapse can do?

In a nutshell, it provides a single service for all workloads when processing, managing and serving data for business intelligence and data prediction needs, by integrating with Power BI and Azure ML.

This tool can handle and query large amounts of information on-demand or serverless for the purposes of data exploration and ad hoc analysis.

Read More: 7 Outstanding Microsoft Power BI Tips & Tricks

How does Azure Synapse Analytics actually work?

Since this service is actually a SaaS (Software as a Service), that means it can be used on-demand which in turn has an impact on the overall cost.

It’s made of four components:

  • QL Analytics with full T-SQL-based analysis: SQL Cluster (pay per unit of computation).
  • SQL on-demand (pay per TB processed).
  • Fully integrated Apache Spark.
  • Connectors with multiple data sources.

As for data storage or warehousing, Azure Synapse relies on Azure Data lake Storage Gen 2 as a data warehouse in addition to a consistent data model that combines administration, monitoring and metadata management sections.

In the security aspect, it allows you to protect, monitor, and manage your data and analytics solutions such as single-sign-on and Active Directory integrations.

As for our beloved programmers, this tool supports the following programming languages:

  • SQL
  • Python
  • .NET
  • Java
  • Scala
  • R

Compatible and Powerful!

Azure Synapse was initially presented as a solution to solve two fundamental problems that companies face.


The data analysis system that it integrates has the ability to work with both traditional systems and unstructured data in addition to various data sources.

Therefore, it is able to analyze data stored in systems such as customer databases and also with data stored in a Data Lake in parquet format.


Its power resides in the direct consequence of reducing the amount of work needed by programmers, and by extension project development times, where it is the first and only analysis system that has executed all TPC-H queries at a petabyte-scale.

Azure Synapse thereby makes sure that projects that take several months can be completed in days, or complex database queries that take minutes or hours now take a few seconds!

Features you need to know…

There are a few more features that we thought might be of interest to you and can help you speed up data loading and facilitate processes:


  • Azure Synapse allows you to load tables directly into the database.
  • It also offers full support for standard CSV: line breaks and custom delimiters and SQL dates.
  • Provides user-controlled file selection.
  • Machine Learning support: Machine Learning models can be created and saved in ONNX format, then can be stored within the Azure Synapse data store and used with the native PREDICT instruction.
  • Integration with Data Lake: from Azure Synapse, files are read in the Data Lake in Parquet format, which achieves a much higher performance.

Eager to know more?

Ctelecoms is a proud Microsoft Partner in Saudi Arabia, and our team is more than qualified to help you understand and use this solution.

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