Azure Synapse Analytics vs Databricks

Azure Synapse Analytics vs Databricks

Interested to learn the difference between Azure Synapse Analytics and Databricks? then you are at the right place. In this Azure article, we will learn Azure Synapse vs Databricks. Along with that, we will discuss a few other topics as mentioned below.

Azure Synapse Analytics vs Databricks

Well, let’s point out some key differences between Azure Synapse Analytics and Azure Databricks.

Related TopicsAzure Synapse AnalyticsDatabricks
Supported LanguagesIt supports multiple programming languages like Python, SQL, Scala, Java, etc.Databricks supports different programming languages like SQL, Python, R, etc.
Developer Point of viewComes with Azure Synapse Studio which makes the development easier and it’s a single place for accessing multiple services.Here, you will get the Databricks connect and UI to work with.
Support for NotebooksNotebooks are supported here with no automated versioning feature.

The supported notebook is Nteract Notebooks.
Notebooks are supported here with an automated versioning feature which helps a lot.
The supported notebook is Databricks Notebooks.
Which type of Tool?Basically, known as a data warehouse and analytics tool.It is basically known as a notebook tool that is Spark-based.

Supports Apache Spark (Open-source).Supports the latest version of Apache Spark and Spark 3.0.
Data Lake At the time of the creation of the Azure synapse, you need to choose the primary Data lake.You have to install the Data lake separately.
T-SQL experienceYou have the provision to enjoy a complete T-SQL experienceHere, you won’t get a complete T-SQL experience.
Power BI experienceHere, you have the option to use the Power BI for reporting from the Azure Synapse Studio.Here, you will get the full SQL traditional BI.

When to choose Azure Synapse Analytics and when to use Databricks?

There will be many scenarios where you will be confused to go with Azure Synapse Analytics or Azure Databricks. You can keep the below points in mind before choosing the correct choice that best suits you.

  • When you have the requirement for Data Warehousing and SQL data analysis, blindly go with Azure Synapse Analytics.
  • If you have any requirement for the development of Machine learning (ML), then go with Azure Databricks which provides you with advanced ML workflows with Git support.
  • For any requirement for transformations in real-time scenarios, go with Azure Databricks.
  • When you have the requirement to build interactive reports, Blindly, go with Azure Synapse Analytics where you can access Power BI from the Azure Synapse Studio IDE.
  • For Data prediction, Big data analysis, go with Azure Synapse Analytics.


Can Databricks connect to Synapse?

Yes, it is possible to connect Azure Synapse from Azure Databricks with the help of the Azure Synapse connector.

Is Azure Synapse analytics PaaS or SAAS?

Azure Synapse Analytics is a Paas ( Platform as a Service ).

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Wrapping Up

Well, in this article, we have discussed the key differences between Azure Synapse Analytics and Azure Databricks, Now, it is your turn to choose what suits best for you !!!