Azure Analysis Services is an enterprise grade OLAP engine and BI modeling platform, offered as a fully managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS). It provides capabilities to get your semantic models on to the cloud and to handle spikes and demand. It is built on SQL Server Analysis Services. It is compatible with SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services Enterprise Edition and supports Tabular models 1200 compatibility.
Developers can also use the existing tools, SQL Server Data Tools for Visual Studio and SQL Server Management Studio to manage the Azure Analysis Services models.
Developers can create a server in seconds and use Azure Active Directory to manage user identity and role based security.
The on-premises data gateway acts as a bridge, providing secure data transfer between on-premises data sources and your Azure Analysis Services server in the cloud.
Azure Analysis Services – Architecture