Polybase In Action

Target Audience:

Developers and DBAs who want an easier way to query Hadoop or Azure Blob Storage data should attend.


Polybase is Microsoft’s newest way of integrating SQL Server with external systems such as Hadoop and Azure Blob Storage. In this talk, we will connect SQL Server to an on-premises Hadoop cluster as well as Azure Blob Storage, writing T-SQL queries to retrieve remote data. We will then use DMVs and other resources to tease out what the Polybase engine is doing behind the scenes. Finally, we will look at several interesting use cases for Polybase.

Why I Want to Present This Session:

Polybase has been a passion of mine ever since its general release in SQL Server 2016. I’ve written a 26-part series (so far) on the topic and want to make data platform professionals aware of just how powerful Polybase can be.

Additional Resources:

Background: http://www.catallaxyservices.com/presentations/polybase/

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and Engineering Manager of the Predictive Analytics team at ChannelAdvisor, where he specializes in T-SQL and R development, fighting with Kafka, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL (curatedsql.com) and a contributing author to Tribal SQL (www.tribalsql.com). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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4 Comments. Leave new

This one’s a little tricky. I don’t think most data professionals know what Polybase is, so you may want a better title that explains what you’re going to teach them. Just guessing off the top of my head:

  • Querying Hadoop with T-SQL Using PolyBase
  • Polybase: SQL Server’s Integration with Hadoop & Azure Blob Storage (wordy)
  • Polybase: How SQL Server Accesses Hadoop & Azure Blob Storage
M A Srinivas
March 7, 2019 9:52 am

Awaiting this . Good Topic


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