- What is Microsoft Fabric?
- The Major Components of Microsoft Fabric
- 3 Upsides to Using Microsoft Fabric
- 3 Downsides to Using Microsoft Fabric
- Should you Change?
- Wrapping Up
Microsoft Fabric is advertised by Microsoft as being an all-encompassing platform for data analytics, data engineering, and AI. It was introduced in preview in the spring of 2023 and was made generally available for purchase in November 2023. The platform builds on features from existing services like Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Lake Gen 2, Microsoft Purview, and Power BI.
In this blog post, I want to give you a high-level overview of the Microsoft Fabric platform going into 2024. Specifically, I want to give you answers to the following questions:
- What parts of the data lifecycle does Microsoft Fabric cover?
- What is each component in Microsoft Fabric trying to achieve?
- What are the upsides and downsides to using Microsoft Fabric?
- Should you consider migrating to Microsoft Fabric?
My experience with Microsoft Fabric is based on a four-day Microsoft depth course I attended, as well as experimentation with Microsoft Fabric in the last couple of months. I also have broad experience with the tools that Microsoft Fabric takes inspiration from. I am however not affiliated with Microsoft and gain nothing monetarily from either overselling or underselling Microsoft Fabric. Based on this I can give an unbiased overview of Microsoft Fabric.
As you will be able to tell from the rest of the blog post, I think that Microsoft Fabric offers some genuinely useful features for a unified data platform. However, like everything else, the choice of migrating to Microsoft Fabric will depend on a lot of factors.