In recent Azure news, Microsoft launched the Az Predictor to improve the usability of Azure PowerShell last month, while the renowned Battle Royale title PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was also announced to be getting hosted using the Redmond firm's cloud platform soon. Earlier this year, meanwhile, Microsoft announced deeper integration between Azure Synapse Analytics and Power BI.

Synapse Analytics, the data unifying service which combines data engineering, machine learning, and business intelligence capabilities to eliminate silos has now reached general availability. Alongside this announcement, Microsoft also unveiled Azure Purview, a unified data governance platform to automate the discovery of data and cataloging.

The purpose of Purview is to allow the mapping of all data present within an organization, ensuring that companies can keep track of their data regardless of where it is stored. Data that is on-premises, across clouds, in Power BI, or in SaaS applications, can be protected using mechanisms built upon Microsoft's Information Protection solution. Over 100 AI classifiers that look for sensitive data, out-of-compliance data, and personally identifiable information (PII) have been utilized to help comprehend data exposures.

The key components of Azure Purview have been noted as follows:

  • Create a unified map of your data across hybrid sources
  • Enable effortless discovery of trusted data
  • Discover data that powers business insights
  • Maximize the business value of SQL Server data
  • Provide business context with a glossary of terms
  • Gain insight into sensitive data across your organization

To get started with Azure Purview, interested parties can check out its preview here.