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The options for your use case of processing 300K events daily from an on-premises SQL server and consuming them in Azure. Based on your requirements, we’ll compare Azure Data Factory (ADF) and Azure Functions with Logic App integrations.
Azure Data Factory (ADF)
- Purpose: ADF is designed for bulk data movement and orchestrating data workflows. It allows you to create data-driven workflows for data movement, transformation, and loading.
- Strengths: Scalability: ADF can handle large volumes of data efficiently. Data Transformation: It supports data transformations and ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes. Optimized for Data Processing: ADF ensures optimal performance for data-related tasks.
- Considerations: Data-Centric: ADF focuses on data movement and transformation, so it’s well-suited for your scenario. Integration with Azure Services: You can integrate ADF with other Azure services like Azure SQL Database, Azure Data Lake, etc. Parallel Processing: Consider boosting DTUs/parallel copy options to enhance copy performance.
- Recommendation: ADF would be a better fit for your data movement and transformation needs.
Azure Functions with Logic App integrations:
- Purpose: Azure Functions are serverless compute resources for event-driven scenarios, while Logic Apps are designed for application integration.
- Strengths: Event-Driven: Logic Apps excel at conducting repeating activities based on events (e.g., file arrival or deletion). Connectivity: Logic Apps unify internal and external services, creating a cohesive infrastructure for business processes. Low/No Code: Logic Apps are intuitive and require minimal coding.
- Considerations: Application Integration: Logic Apps are more about connectivity and orchestration. Complex Business Workflows: Azure Functions can handle more complex business logic. Asynchronous Processing: Logic Apps are well-suited for asynchronous integration.
- Recommendation: Use Azure Functions with Logic Apps to orchestrate ETL via ADF for repetitive tasks.
- Azure Data Factory is ideal for data movement, transformation, and scalability.
- Azure Functions with Logic Apps are great for event-driven scenarios and application integration.
Consider combining ADF, Logic Apps, and other services (such as Functions) to meet your specific requirements. Feel free to explore both options further and choose the one that aligns best with your use case! Hope this helps. Do let us know if you any further queries.
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