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Azure Synapse Analytics Data Hub

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This post will provide more information on the Azure Synapse Analytics Data Hub.

 

 

The Data Hub has 2 main sections:

 

1 – Workspace: with data assets that belong to the Azure Synapse Analytics Workspace. For example:

  • SQL Pools
  • Apache Spark Pools

2 – Linked: with data assets linked from other services. For example:

  • Storage Accounts
  • Cosmos DB
  • Datasets

 

 

 

 

 

You are able to either link existing services or create datasets (using more than 85 connectors):

 

External Data

 

 

Datasets

 

Some of the data sources will be described below.

 

Storage Accounts

In the Storage Accounts, you can link your Azure Data Lake accounts to navigate folders/containers easily. It is similar to the experience in Azure Storage Explorer client tools and web portal. You can upload and download files, as well as create and rename objects.

 

 

Data lake

 

Let’s explore the user functional features that we have, such as no-code exploring/previewing data, modifying properties and granting access.

 

 

Opening files with SQL Scripts:

 

 

 

Opening files with notebooks:

Databases

As discussed in a previous post, there are 2 form factors (provisioned and on-demand) and 2 analytics runtimes (SQL and Spark). In the database section, you are allowed to query any of them and use SQL Scripts and Notebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Cosmos DB

You can take advantage of Azure Synapse Analytics Link to consume your Cosmos DB information, bridging the gap between transactional and analytical databases.

Datasets

In the dataset section, you can define the dataset formats using more than 85 connectors in order to use them when developing pipelines. The experience seems to be the same that we currently have in Azure Data factory.

 

 

 

Final thoughts

It’s clear that the Data Hub offers a no-code experience for the users, enabling them to start exploring data without having a strong technical background. This user-friendly experience is one of the key reasons why I believe Azure Synapse Analytics will be a game-changer.

 

What’s next?

In upcoming blog posts, I will be covering the other hubs in more detail.

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