SQLServer Dictionary

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  • Azure Data Factory is a cloud-based data integration service that orchestrates and automates the movenemt and transformation of data.
  • Azure Data Lake is a highly scalable, distributed, parallel file system in the cloud, specifically designed to work with multiple analytics frameworks.
  • (Azure) BLOB Storage: Azure Blob storage is Microsoft's object storage solution for the cloud. Blob storage is optimized for storing massive amounts of unstructured data, such as text or binary data.
  • Cosmos DB versus SQL Azure DB: Azure Cosmos DB is a non-SQL database that provides access to information (JSON) quickly, with high availability, scalable and with global replication. Microsoft Azure SQL Database as a Service offering with high compatibility to Microsoft SQL Server. That is, a Relational DBMS.
  • Database Transaction Unit (DTU): A DTU is a blended measure of hardware resources that are provided for the database. This blend includes CPU, memory and data and transaction log I/O.
  • Microservices: Microservices are a software development technique—a variant of the service-oriented architecture (SOA) architectural style that structures an application as a collection of loosely coupled services. In a microservices architecture, services are fine-grained and the protocols are lightweight. The benefit of decomposing an application into different smaller services is that it improves modularity. This makes the application easier to understand, develop, test, and become more resilient to architecture erosion.
  • REST API: A RESTful API is an application program interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data.