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Are you looking to move large amounts of data into Azure? How does doing it for free sound and with an easier process? Today I’m here to tell you how to do just that with the Azure Data Box.
Picture this: you have a ton of data, let’s say 50 terabytes on-prem, and you need to get that into Azure because you’re going to start doing incremental back ups of a SQL Database, for instance. You have two options to get this done.
First option is to move that data manually. Which means you have to chunk it, set it up using AZ copy or a similar Azure data tool, put it up in a blob storage, then extract it and continue with the process. Sounds pretty painful, right?
Your second option is to use Azure Data Box which allows you to move large chunks of data up into Azure. Here’s how simple it is:
With the Data Box you get:
In addition, Microsoft has recently announced the Data Box Disk, which is a small 8 terabyte disk that you can order up to five of as part of the Data Box Disk. With Data Box Disc you get:
Here comes the best part—while Azure Data Box and Data Box Disk are in Preview, this is a free service. Yes, you heard it right, Microsoft will send you the Data Box or Data Box Disk for free and you can move your data up into Azure for no cost.
Sure, it will cost you money when you buy your storage account and start storing large sums of data, but storage is cheap in Azure, so that won’t break the bank.
Definitely worth checking out. We are here to help you with any of this or with any questions you have, whether it be about this service or anything Azure related. Click the link below or contact us; because no matter where you are on your Azure journey, we’re here to help.
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