The current post attempts to present an overview of the Azure database services, as of late May 2022. Azure database services mainly cover the conventional database administration side of things (with SQL and NoSQL databases) but can conceptually expand to cover a full range of Analytics and Data Engineering and Analysis services (for example Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse Analytics). This broader view of data-related services essentially constitutes the Azure Data Platform. Given the dynamic nature of public clouds, this list will most likely change soon in the near future but nevertheless acts as a general point of reference when discussing Azure database services.
You find an overview of all Azure service categories at https://stefanos.cloud/blog/azure-service-categories/.
Azure allows you to support rapid growth and innovate faster with secure, enterprise-grade, and fully managed database services.
Accelerate apps with high-throughput, low-latency data caching
Build or modernize scalable, high-performance apps
Hybrid data integration at enterprise scale, made easy
Deploy applications to the cloud with enterprise-ready, fully managed community MariaDB
Fully managed, scalable MySQL Database
Fully managed, intelligent, and scalable PostgreSQL
Accelerate your data migration to Azure
Modern SQL family for migration and app modernization
Managed, intelligent SQL in the cloud
Consume Services privately on Azure Platform
Managed, always up-to-date SQL instance in the cloud
Migrate SQL Server workloads to the cloud at lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
NoSQL key-value store using semi-structured datasets
Modernize Cassandra data clusters with a managed instance in the cloud
Tamperproof, unstructured data store hosted in trusted execution environments (TEEs) and backed by cryptographically verifiable evidence
Becoming Azure-certified database engineer and data scientist/analyst
As per the Microsoft official certification poster (https://aka.ms/TrainCertPoster), there are four available certifications in the fields of Azure database services engineering and data science/analysis.
- Azure Enterprise Data Analyst Associate. Candidates for the Azure Enterprise Data Analyst Associate certification should have subject matter expertise in designing, creating, and deploying enterprise-scale data analytics solutions. Associated certification exam is DP-500.
- Azure Database Administrator Associate. The Azure database administrator implements and manages the operational aspects of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure Data Services. The Azure database administrator uses a variety of methods and tools to perform day-to-day operations, including applying knowledge of using T-SQL for administrative management purposes. Associated certification exam is DP-300.
- Azure Data Engineer Associate. A candidate for the Azure Data Engineer Associate certification should have subject matter expertise integrating, transforming, and consolidating data from various structured and unstructured data systems into structures that are suitable for building analytics solutions. Associated certification exam is DP-203.
- Azure Data Scientist Associate. Candidates for the Azure Data Scientist Associate certification should have subject matter expertise applying data science and machine learning to implement and run machine learning workloads on Azure. Associated certification exam is DP-100.
The foundational certification which covers all basic aspects of database administration and data engineering/analysis is related to the DP-900 exam: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals.