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Azure Stream Analytics is #4 ranked solution in Streaming Analytics tools. PeerSpot users give Azure Stream Analytics an average rating of 8 out of 10. Azure Stream Analytics is most commonly compared to Databricks: Azure Stream Analytics vs Databricks. Azure Stream Analytics is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 69% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 24% of all views.
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What is Azure Stream Analytics?

Azure Stream Analytics is a robust real-time analytics service that has been designed for critical business workloads. Users are able to build an end-to-end serverless streaming pipeline in minutes. Utilizing SQL, users are able to go from zero to production with a few clicks, all easily extensible with unique code and automatic machine learning abilities for the most advanced scenarios.

Azure Stream Analytics has the ability to analyze and accurately process exorbitant volumes of high-speed streaming data from numerous sources at the same time. Patterns and scenarios are quickly identified and information is gathered from various input sources, such as social media feeds, applications, clickstreams, sensors, and devices. These patterns can then be implemented to trigger actions and launch workflows, such as feeding data to a reporting tool, storing data for later use, or creating alerts. Azure Stream Analytics is also offered on Azure IoT Edge runtime, so the data can be processed on IoT devices.

Top Benefits

  • User friendly: Azure Stream Analytics is very straightforward and easy to use. Out of the box and with a few clicks, users are able to connect to numerous sources and sinks, and easily develop an end-to-end pipeline. Stream Analytics can easily connect to Azure IoT Hub and Azure Event Hub for streaming ingestion, in addition to connecting with Azure Blob storage for historical data ingestion.

  • Flexible deployment: For low-latency analytics, Azure Stream Analytics can run on Azure Stack or IoT edge. For large-scale analytics, the solution can run in the cloud. Azure Stream Analytics uses the same query language and tools for both the cloud and the edge, facilitating an easier process for developers to design exceptional hybrid architectures for streaming processes.

  • Cost-effective: With Azure Stream Analytics, users only pay for the streaming units they consume; there are no upfront costs. Users can easily scale up or down as needed; there is no commitment or cluster provisioning.

  • Trustworthy: Azure Stream Analytics guarantees event processing to be 99.99% available with a minute level of granularity. Azure Stream Analytics has embedded recovery capabilities and checkpoints to keep things running smoothly at all times. Events are never lost with Azure Stream Analytics at-least once delivery of events and exactly one event processing.

Reviews from Real Users

“Azure Stream Analytics is something that you can use to test out streaming scenarios very quickly in the general sense and it is useful for IoT scenarios. If I was to do a project with IoT and I needed a streaming solution, Azure Stream Analytics would be a top choice. The most valuable features of Azure Stream Analytics are the ease of provisioning and the interface is not terribly complex.” - Olubisi A., Team Lead at a tech services company.

“It's used primarily for data and mining - everything from the telemetry data side of things. It's great for streaming and makes everything easy to handle. The streaming from the IoT hub and the messaging are aspects I like a lot.” - Sudhendra U., Technical Architect at Infosys

Azure Stream Analytics was previously known as ASA.

Azure Stream Analytics Customers

Rockwell Automation, Milliman, Honeywell Building Solutions, Arcoflex Automation Solutions, Real Madrid C.F., Aerocrine, Ziosk, Tacoma Public Schools, P97 Networks

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Assistant Director - IT Governance Support at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Helps us focus on critical security issues, among our multiple systems

What is our primary use case?

This solution is connected with our Microsoft license. We use the E3 license, which also includes the software and analytics. We bought it and we are trying to get the best we can from the software. For now, we have some analytics, what's happening, and one of our guys looks at it and prepares reports or maybe requests some additional interventions. It is mostly for analysis so that when something happens we can analyze it and do something about it.

What is most valuable?

Our biggest pain point is our housekeeping. We have lot of systems, we must do a lot of configurations and, because of the number of systems is not a simple part of the job, we may forget something. This solution is something which reminds us of what should we do, what stuff is most critical, what we should work on.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have something that includes the desktops, and perhaps the main system, so we can protect our systems before a threat happens.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

My experience with it is that it is stable. The stability is okay and we are satisfied with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our system has approximately 700 servers and a lot of other components and we are satisfied with it at this level.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We went with it because we had it. We had the opportunity to use it and started to do so. Before that, we had several areas where we wanted to improve our status. This is a tool we can check with from Microsoft and, for now, it is good for us. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor is that the product is user-friendly. A lot of tools that are rated highly in industry reviews have complicated configurations. We would like something which is friendly enough for its administrator to use, to configure. Another criterion is price. We look for solutions we can afford. We read a lot of free white papers and try to find partners that have favorable write-ups. We use the software and do a phone conference where we can discuss further questions which are important to us.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our firm works in the former Yugoslavia: Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia, Macedonia, and Montenegro. The prices are different in these markets. Of course, we always want to have the lowest price but that doesn't mean price is the main factor when buying something. It is one of them, for sure. Maybe we cannot afford the most sophisticated tool there is, so price is important, but not the most important thing when we buy something.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use Microsoft Analytics in the security department to try to raise the level of security analysis and security in general. We have implemented a lot of tools. We also have Nexpose for threat analytics, among others. Microsoft Analytics is just one of them and we implemented it because we already had it. We tried to buy something for the desktop level. We also have systems like anti-virus, anti-malware, but these are all systems which only partly cover the threats which are now mainstream. So we would like to have a tool we can use that is faster, maybe with predictive analytics.

What other advice do I have?

We have a mixed system. We also use IBM AIX in addition to the Microsoft platform. That means that ATP works successfully with Microsoft for us. If you want to implement it, the benefits are greater if you have a Microsoft in the surrounding systems. Implementation is always easy. The hard part is then when you must have to use it, when you must work with it. An important part is education, this shouldn't be neglected. I would rate Azure Analytics at eight out of 10. It gives us what we need, we are satisfied with the results.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.