Getting started with Data Lakes

Get powerful data lake functionality at cloud scale

Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is a highly scalable and cost-effective data lake solution for big data analytics. It combines the power of a high-performance file system with massive scale and economy to help you speed your time to insight. Data Lake Storage Gen2 extends Azure Blob Storage capabilities and is optimized for analytics workloads. Data Lake Storage Gen2 is the most comprehensive data lake available.



Service capabilities


Near limitless storage for analytics data

Cloud object store

Same low-cost data storage model as Azure Blob Storage

Fewer file and folder transactions

Atomic transactions for fewer compute cycles and faster job execution

Granular file and folder security

POSIX-compliant, fine-grained access control lists (ACLs)

Simplified ingestion in a single store

Consolidated data storage using the Data Lake Storage Gen2 or Blob Storage REST API

Full Azure Blob Storage feature set

Data lifecycle policy management; hot, cool, and archive tiers; and high availability/disaster recovery support

Role-based access and storage account firewalls

Multi-layer security to govern data access so only users from authorized IPs can perform analytics

Common data model (CDM) support

Ability to exchange data with powerful applications like Microsoft Dynamics 365 (for CRM) and Power BI


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