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In today’s post I’d like to tell you about Azure Data Factory Version 2 (ADF V2). If you’re familiar with the first version of Data Factory, you know that designing anything meant that you had to write JSON. Getting started with ADF was hard for many as there were no visual tools. Data Factory is a powerful product for doing data integration and the cloud, but it could be a challenge to get it up and running.
The good news is that, with the new Azure Data Factory V2 (currently in preview), there are some great new visual design tools available. All the concepts available in V1 with your data sets, pipelines and activities are still there, but with new Gooee driven design tools.
As you start with defining your data sets, there are visual tools for doing this and connecting your data strings, all available through the Azure portal – no client tool installation needed. Once you’ve defined your data set, you can define a pipeline and then add activities to that pipeline.
This can now all be done with a drag and drop style interface. You can drag an activity onto your workspace and write the logic for conditions under which to fire the next action; all done through some powerful tools. Activities and features that are available in ADF V2 visual tools are:
If you’ve used the first version of Azure Data Factory, I highly encourage you to look at these new visuals tools in V2. If you’d like to learn more about the new capabilities available in V2, we’d be glad to help. Click the link below or contact us to get help with this or any other Azure product or service.
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