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I've read about it and want to play around with it for a bit.

I think it requires a minimum of 4-5 machines to run, which is feasible with Azure IaaS, but how do I actually deploy it there?

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  • No, APS (new name for PDW) is not available in Azure, though I'm sure it will make its way there eventually. Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 18:39
  • @AaronBertrand oh.. so there is no way to actually install APS? You need to purchase an appliance only?
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    Currently yes I believe that is the only way - your regional Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) might be able to help you catch a glimpse, as multiple centers have on-site installations or remote access. Another way would be to land a consulting or remote DBA gig with an actual customer with their own appliance. Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 18:56

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Hopefully you have seen the Azure SQL Data Warehouse announcements by now. It is Microsoft's data warehouse as a service offering. The syntax is very similar to PDW and it is also massively parallel like PDW.

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