Data Warehouse -
Azure Synapse and Azure SQL

Driving value from your data in times of change

Modern data warehouses improve the way your organisation makes decisions by surfacing insights that help you better understand both your business and your customers. Our team of data experts utilises the best and latest Microsoft technology to accelerate your time-to-insight and improve your business agility.

What is a Modern Data Warehouse Platform?

  • A centralised repository of data from many different sources, needed to support the analytical requirements of your organisation
  • Uses specific optimisation strategies designed for supporting analytical processing and machine learning
  • Supports multiple storage types, such as relational data and data lakes
  • Supports varied levels of data latency, with a growing focus on streaming and continuous data ingestion and real-time access for analysis
  • Elastic workload management and process distribution across cloud and on-premises

What are your options?

When it comes to selecting a modern data warehouse platform, we believe Microsoft has two of the best options on the market.
Azure Synapse Analytics – Supported by Azure Data Lake
Azure SQL DB – Supported by Azure Data Lake, Data Factory, and Databricks

Why Azure Synapse Analytics?

Azure Synapse analytics is a limitless analytics service with unmatched time to insight, that delivers insights from all your data, across data warehouses and big data analytics systems, with blazing speed. It truly enables next-level analytics.

Limitless scale

Deliver insights from all your data, across both dimensional data warehouses and big data analytics systems, with blazing speed. Synapse is heavily optimised for querying data at unbelievable speeds across both SQL pools and Azure Data Lake.

Unified experience

Significantly reduce project development time with a unified experience for developing end-to-end analytics solutions. The Synapse Workspace includes tools for data modelling, data movement pipelines, machine learning and even Power BI development.

Powerful insights

Expand discovery of insights from all your data and apply machine learning models to all your intelligent apps.

Azure SQL Database

Supported by Azure Data Factory and Data Bricks

Azure SQL Database is an intelligent, scalable, relational database service built for the cloud. Optimize performance and durability with automated, AI-powered features that are always up to date. With serverless compute and hyperscale storage options that automatically scale resources on demand, you’re free to focus on building new applications without worrying about storage size or resource management.

Why Azure SQL Database?

Azure Data Factory

Integrate all your data with Azure Data Factory—a fully managed, serverless data integration service. Visually integrate data sources with more than 90 built-in, maintenance-free connectors at no added cost. Easily construct ETL and ELT processes code-free in an intuitive environment or write your own code. Then deliver integrated data to your target data platform to unlock business insights.

Azure Data Bricks

Scale your analytics without limits with an optimised and integrated Apache Spark-based engine with secure Azure Active Directory integration.

Comparing SQL Server and Azure SQL DB with Azure Synapse Analytics

Azure Synapse


  • High performance loading and querying
  • Tightly integrated package – data pipelines, modelling, machine learning all within one environment


  • Some refactoring required if migrating from existing SQL data warehouse

Azure SQL Database


  • Highly versatile – not limited
    to data warehousing
  • Might be more suitable
    for data warehouse less
    than 1Tb in size


  • Good performance for loading and querying, but not as fast as Synapse
  • Multiple development environments can slow development time

Your data assets in the cloud

Watch our recorded Azure Synapse webinar

Get in touch with our experts

Altron Karabina’s data team have the skills and expertise to deliver the optimal data warehouse to suit your business’ needs. As the 15 x winner of the Microsoft Data Analytics Partner of the Year award, we are uniquely positioned to provide expert guidance in gaining valuable insights.

Get in touch with us today.

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