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Microsoft makes Databricks a first-party service on Azure

Microsoft makes Databricks a first-party service on Azure
From TechCrunch - November 15, 2017

Databricks has made a name for itself as one of the most popular commercial services around the Apache Spark data analytics platform (which, not coincidentally, was started by the founders of Databricks). Now its coming to Microsofts Azure platform in the form of a preview of the imaginatively named Azure Databricks.

This isnt just your run-of-the-mill partnership, where Databricks makes it service available in the Azure Marketplace and where the actual cooperation doesnt go much further than a joint press release. Microsoft and Databricks have actually worked on this integration since 2016, and this is making Databricks a first-party service on Azure. Thats a first for both Microsoft and Databricks, and it means that users will be able to spin up Databricks in the Azure Portal just like they would any other native Azure service.

This was a no-brainer, Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi told me. There was such overwhelming demand for having Databricks on Azure. With this cooperation, Databricks users dont just get easy access to their analytics platform on Azure, but also deep integrations with all of the other Azure services that allow for building a modern data analytics pipeline. Think Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Blob Storage and Azure Data Lake, but also tools like Azure Active Directory.

Indeed, as both Ghodsi and Microsofts general manager for its database systems, Rohan Kumar, told me, this integration with Active Directory and other security tools was key for many of the potential customers they both talked to.

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