What is Microsoft Fabric
Microsoft Fabric is an end-to-end, unified analytics platform that brings together all the data and analytics tools that organizations need. Fabric integrates technologies like Azure Data Factory, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Power BI into a single unified product, empowering data and business professionals alike to unlock the potential of their data and lay the foundation for the era of AI.
Here is the quick overview of Microsoft Fabric.
What sets Microsoft Fabric apart?
Fabric is an end-to-end analytics product that addresses every aspect of an organization’s analytics needs. But there are five areas that really set Fabric apart from the rest of the market:
1. Fabric is a complete analytics platform
Fabric comes with seven core workloads:
- Data Factory (preview) provides more than 150 connectors to cloud and on-premises data sources, drag-and-drop experiences for data transformation, and the ability to orchestrate data pipelines.
- Synapse Data Engineering (preview) enables great authoring experiences for Spark, instant start with live pools, and the ability to collaborate.
- Synapse Data Science (preview) provides an end-to-end workflow for data scientists to build sophisticated AI models, collaborate easily, and train, deploy, and manage machine learning models.
- Synapse Data Warehousing (preview) provides a converged lake house and data warehouse experience with industry-leading SQL performance on open data formats.
- Synapse Real-Time Analytics (preview) enables developers to work with data streaming in from the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, telemetry, logs, and more, and analyze massive volumes of semi-structured data with high performance and low latency.
- Power BI in Fabric provides industry-leading visualization and AI-driven analytics that enable business analysts and business users to gain insights from data. The Power BI experience is also deeply integrated into Microsoft 365, providing relevant insights where business users already work.
- Data Activator (coming soon) provides real-time detection and monitoring of data and can trigger notifications and actions when it finds specified patterns in data—all in a no-code experience.
2. Fabric is lake-centric and open
OneLake—The OneDrive for data
3. Fabric is powered by AI
4. Fabric empowers every business user
5. Fabric reduces costs through unified capacities
How do I get started with Microsoft Fabric?
Enabling Fabric in your Power BI tenant
Power BI customers can get access to Fabric today by turning on the Fabric tenant setting in the Power BI admin portal. To give Power BI administrators time to prepare, we have turned off the switch by default. You can choose to opt in or out of Fabric through the admin portal. You can also choose to enable Fabric for specific users or security groups within your tenant. If no action is taken by the administrator, Fabric will be turned on by default for all Power BI tenants starting on July 1.
Additionally, if you would like to try Fabric in one or more capacities before enabling it for the entire tenant, it can be enabled for specific capacities in the capacity settings tab within the admin portal. Like the tenant setting, this capacity setting can also be limited to specific users or security groups.
Microsoft Fabric resources
If you want to learn more about Microsoft Fabric, consider:
- Signing up for the Microsoft Fabric free trial.
- Visiting the Microsoft Fabric website.
- Exploring the Fabric technical documentation.
- Reading the free e-book on getting started with Fabric.
- Exploring Fabric through the Guided Tour.