DataOps architecture design

DataOps is a lifecycle approach to data analytics. It uses agile practices to orchestrate tools, code, and infrastructure to quickly deliver high-quality data with improved security. When you implement and streamline DataOps processes, your business can easily deliver cost effective analytical insights. DataOps helps you adopt advanced data techniques that can uncover insights and new opportunities.

There are many tools and capabilities to implement DataOps processes, like:

  • Apache NiFi. Apache NiFi provides a system for processing and distributing data.
  • Azure Data Factory. Azure Data Factory is a cloud-based ETL and data integration service. It enables you to create data-driven workflows to orchestrate data movement and transform data at scale.
  • Azure Databricks. Use Azure Databricks to unlock insights from all your data and build AI solutions. You can also quickly set up your Apache Spark environment, autoscale, and collaborate on shared projects.
  • Azure Data Lake. Use a single data storage platform to optimize costs and protect your data with encryption at rest and advanced threat protection.
  • Azure Synapse Analytics. A limitless analytics service that brings together data integration, enterprise data warehousing, and big data analytics.
  • Microsoft Purview. Microsoft Purview is a unified data governance solution that helps you manage and govern your on-premises, multicloud, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) data.
  • Power BI. Unify data from many sources to create interactive, immersive dashboards and reports that provide actionable insights and drive business results.

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Introduction to DataOps on Azure

If you're new to DataOps, the best place to start is Microsoft Learn. This free online platform offers videos, tutorials, and hands-on learning for various products and services.

The following resources can help you learn about the core services for DataOps:

Path to production

To help you get started with DataOps production, consider these resources:

Best practices

Depending on the DataOps technology you use, see the following best practices resources:

You can also learn about the pillars of the Azure Well-Architected Framework, which is a set of guiding tenets you can use to improve the quality of a workload. For more information, see Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework.

Specific implementations

To learn about scenario-specific architectures, see the solutions in the following areas.

Data governance

You can integrate Profisee data management with Azure Purview to build a foundation for data governance and management.

Modern data warehouse

Apply DevOps principles to data pipelines built according to the modern data warehouse (MDW) architectural pattern with Microsoft Azure.

Modernize a mainframe

Modernize IBM mainframe and midrange data and use a data-first approach to migrate this data to Azure.

Change data directly from Power BI

Provide data write-back functionality for Power BI reports. You can update data in Power BI, and then push the changes back to your data source.

Stay current with DataOps

Refer to Azure updates to keep current with Azure technology related to DataOps.

Additional resources

DataOps uses many tools and techniques to deliver data. The following resources can provide you with help on your DataOps journey.

Example solutions

Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud professionals

These articles provide service mapping and comparison between Azure and other cloud services. This reference can help you ramp up quickly on Azure.