Big Data Clusters

Welcome to the Big Data Cluster Resources section, a curated list of posts I have published to understand Big Data Clusters for the DBA or data professional.

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If you attended my SQL Saturday session “Big Data Clusters for the Absolute Beginner” you can download the presentation here, as well as the “Learning Path to BDC” checklist here.

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Big Data Cluster Resources

Let’s first talk about what they are – What Are SQL Server Big Data Clusters?


Four-part Big Data Cluster series (Deploying on AKS):

How To Setup SQL Server Big Data Clusters on Azure (AKS) – Part 1
How To Setup SQL Server Big Data Clusters on Azure (AKS) – Part 2
How To Setup SQL Server Big Data Clusters on Azure (AKS) – Part 3
How To Setup SQL Server Big Data Clusters on Azure (AKS) – Part 4


New in SQL Server 2019 CTP 3.2, you can deploy a Big Data Cluster on AKS directly from Azure Data Studio using Notebooks. Link is below:

Deploy SQL Server Big Data Cluster Using Azure Data Studio Notebook


Big Data Clusters for the Absolute Beginner (YouTube video below)


Industry Use Cases for SQL Server Big Data Clusters – I share a couple use case stories that sparked my interest in Big Data Clusters.


Why You Should Go with AKS when Deploying a Big Data Cluster – This blog post will talk about the deployment options available for Big Data Clusters and benefits of going with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).


How to Setup a Base Machine to Deploy Big Data Clusters (Video) – Want to get your hands dirty with BDCs? First things first! A base machine! (YouTube video below)