Azure Data Share: Sharing Big Data in the Cloud

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A partner needs sales data from last quarter that is sitting up in your Azure Data Lake. They are a new partner so the necessary infrastructure hasn’t been setup to facilitate data transfers over to their system. If the dataset is small enough, you could always zip it up and place it in Dropbox or maybe setup an FTP server they could access. If you wanted to go old school, you could put the data onto a thumb drive and send it Fedex overnight. If you were to throw the concerns of time and money out the window, you could build out a set of API endpoints for the partner to tap into. How about sharing big data? I wish you the best of luck.

As you can see, we have a group of imperfect solutions to a fairly common business problem. Thankfully, Microsoft has whipped up with a little slice of perfection with Azure Data Share. With just a few clicks, you can securely share and monitor data with partners and customers through the Azure portal. Azure Data Share is a Platform as a Service, requiring no code or infrastructure to get up and running. Let’s break down how this new Azure service works and what makes it particularly valuable to the enterprise.

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