Azure Data Explorer is a managed data analytics service that enables users to store and process data on Azure. Let’s have a look at the main differences between Azure Data Explorer and Azure Storage Explorer:
|Azure Data Explorer||Azure Storage Explorer|
|Managed Service||On-prem application|
|Accessible through browser||Installation required|
|Works with Cosmos DB||Works with Cosmos DB, ADLS Gen2, Queues, File and Blob storage|
|Optimized for streaming data e.g. IoT hub, Event Hub, website clickstream etc.||Can handle all types of data|
|Supports Kusto Query Language, a modified version of SQL||Supports SQL and other ways to access data|
While Azure Storage Explorer remains the primary data management tool on Azure, having a separate managed tool in Azure Data Explorer for streaming data shows the importance of streaming data in the current data analytics landscape.