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Microsoft's Strategy To Move More Data Warehouses to Its Cloud

In an effort to get more on-premises data warehouses onto its Azure cloud, Microsoft has launched a migration initiative in partnership with Informatica for select customers.

Announced Tuesday, the offer is designed to lower the expense and risk of a proof-of-value project to determine the feasibility and advantages of moving a data warehouse to Azure.

The offer includes tools to reveal the contours of a data estate, free code conversion of existing schemas, a SQL Data Warehouse subscription for up to 30 days and on-site help.

Informatica's end involves its Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog and Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services for up to 30 days of a proof-of-value project. Informatica, an enterprise software company with a portfolio of data integration tools among other products, went private in a 2015 deal that attracted an investment from Microsoft.

In a blog post, John Chirapurath, general manager of Azure Data & AI for Microsoft, said the new program is designed to address the perceived risks involved in making a data warehouse move.

"For customers that have been tuning analytics appliances for years, such as Teradata and Netezza, it can seem overwhelming to start the journey towards the cloud. Customers have invested valuable time, skills, and personnel to achieve optimal performance from their analytics systems, which contain the most sensitive and valuable data for their business," Chirapurath wrote.

Posted by Scott Bekker on 08/06/2019 at 11:02 AM


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