Alibaba Cloud has launched a Data Lakes Analytics (DLA) service this week for simplifying the way customers analyse data present in the cloud. DLA is characterized to be a serverless, interactive query service which hosts the cloud platform to derive insights from customers’ cloud storage data.
A data lake is a storage repository which holds a vast amount of raw data in the native format. Instead of traditional hierarchical storage model, Alibaba will use the serverless architecture with zero infrastructure setup or upfront cost. DLA is compatible with SQL syntax to send SQL queries as input and returns to enterprises and users. These queries are used for data storing objects in OSS, key-values in Table Store, and data from relational data services. This will provide the end users with the choice to explore a single dataset to analyse and compare data across different sources.
The cloud provider has witnessed many enterprises use cases that they can serve. Retail organisations often have data stored in several locations that are of different formats. The data services of the company will read different formats and retrieve the data from all the sources through a unified query interface.