Azure Data Lake Analytics Retirement - Frequently Asked Questions

Michael Rys [MSFT] 11 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

On 29 February 2024, we will retire Azure Data Lake Analytics and this service will no longer be available.

Before that date, please migrate your services that were deployed using Azure Data Lake Analytics to another Azure data processing product of your choice. If you are not yet using another product, we suggest migrating to Azure Synapse Analytics. Azure Synapse provides dataflow, T-SQL and Spark (with support for .NET code) to explore your data lake, data warehouse, and converged analytics from your operational databases. It brings insights from data quickly and also apply machine learning models to all your intelligent apps with a unified end-to-end analytics solution experience.

We are using this thread to capture frequently asked questions regarding the retirement of the Azure Data Lake Analytics service.

Below in the answer is an initial set of questions. Please feel free to add more of your questions in the comment section.

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  1. Michael Rys [MSFT] 11 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Q: What will happen to Azure Data Lake Analytics after the service is retired on February 29th, 2024?
    A: After February 29th, 2024, users will not be able to provision new Azure Data Lake Analytics instances, and the service will be discontinued and not be accessible any longer.

    Q: Are we still able to access our data in ADLS Gen1 after the service is retired on February 29th, 2024?
    A: Files in ADLS Gen1 will be deleted on February 29th, 2024 and users will not be able to use their ADLS Gen1 instances. Because Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1 is the underlying storage of Azure Data Lake Analytics, please refer to the ADLS Gen1 Q&A for other answers related to this question.

    Q: If I delete my Azure Data Lake Analytics account, what will happen to the associated storage accounts?
    A: You cannot delete an ADLS Gen1 account that is a primary storage account for an ADLA account until you delete the ADLA account. When you delete an ADLA account, your associated storage accounts will still be available. Note that the deletion of the ADLA account will delete the meta data associated with the table data in the /catalog folder.

    Q: Where can I go to learn more about migrating to Azure Synapse Analytics?
    A: You can start with this document to learn more about it.

    Q: Where can customers go for answers to questions?
    A: If you have questions, get answers from our community experts in Microsoft Q&A. If you have a support plan and need technical help, create a support request. 

    1. Under Issue type, select Technical. 
    2. Under Subscription, select your subscription. 
    3. Under Service, click My services, then select Data Lake Analytics. 
    4. Under Summary, type a description of your issue. 
    5. Under Problem type, select About the retirement of Azure Data Lake Analytics. 

    Q: Where can I find more information on Azure Synapse pricing?
    A: You can find pricing information here.

    Q: My organization is already using Azure HDInsight or Azure Databricks, can I migrate ADLA workloads to those platforms?
    A: These may be also options besides Azure Synapse Analytics. Please contact your Microsoft account team to assist you with your migration journey.

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