Azure Data Lake Storage
Massively scalable and secure data lake for your high-performance analytics workloads
Build a foundation for your analytics
Eliminate data silos with a single storage platform. Optimise costs with tiered storage and policy management. Authenticate data using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and role-based access control (RBAC). And help protect data with security features like encryption at rest and advanced threat protection.
Limitless scale and 16 9s of data durability with automatic geo-replication
Highly secure with flexible mechanisms for protection across data access, encryption, and network-level control
Single storage platform for ingestion, processing and visualisation that supports the most common analytics frameworks
Cost optimisation via independent scaling of storage and compute, lifecycle policy management and object-level tiering
Scale to match your most demanding analytics workloads
Meet any capacity requirements and manage data with ease, with the Azure global infrastructure. Run large-scale analytics queries at consistently high performance.
Utilise flexible security mechanisms
Safeguard your data lake with capabilities that span encryption, data access, and network-level control—all designed to help you drive insights more securely.
Build a scalable foundation for your analytics
Ingest data at scale using a wide range of data ingestion tools. Process data using Azure Databricks, Synapse Analytics or HDInsight. And visualise the data with Microsoft Power BI for transformational insights.
Build cost-effective data lakes
Optimise costs by scaling storage and compute independently – which you can’t do with on-premises data lakes. Tier up or down based on usage, and take advantage of automated lifecycle management policies for optimising storage costs.
Comprehensive security and compliance, built in
Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
We employ more than 3,500 security experts dedicated to data security and privacy.
Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.
Flexible pricing for building data lakes
Choose from pricing options including tiering, reservations, and lifecycle management.
Trusted by companies of all sizes
Rockwell Automation expands business insights
Industrial automation firm Rockwell Automation created a unified platform for its analytical needs to optimise storage, compute and scalability, reducing its total cost of ownership.
Ahmed Adnani, Director of Applications and Analytics, Smiths Group
"With Azure, we now have the capability to rapidly drive value from our data. The actionable insights from the data models we're creating will help us increase revenue, reduce costs, and minimize risk."
James Ferguson, Product Manager, Marks & Spencer
"Microsoft Azure gives us good value when we need huge clusters for a couple of days to do a job, then lets us get rid of them to conserve, whereas the datacenter is almost completely unfeasible. That was a big, big game-changer for us."
Brad Beechler, Senior Machine Learning Scientist
"Operating on Azure, we have opportunities to improve of the speed, range, accuracy, and localization of our forecasts—it's just a question of what to prioritize first."
Frequently asked questions about Data Lake Storage
Adding the Hierarchical Namespace on top of blobs allows the cost benefits of cloud storage to be retained, without compromising the file system interfaces that big data analytics frameworks were designed for.
A simple example is a frequently occurring pattern of an analytics job writing output data to a temporary directory and then renaming that directory to the final name during the commit phase. In an object store (which, by design doesn’t support the notion of directories), these renames can be lengthy operations involving N copy and delete operations, wherein N is the number of files in the directory. With the Hierarchical Namespace, these directory manipulation operations are atomic, improving performance and cost. Additionally, supporting directories as elements of the file system permits the application of POSIX-compliant access control lists (ACLs) that use parent directories to propagate permissions.
Similar to other cloud storage services, Data Lake Storage is billed according to the amount of data stored plus any costs of operations performed on that data. See a cost breakdown.
Data Lake Storage is primarily designed to work with Hadoop and all frameworks that use the Hadoop FileSystem as their data access layer (for example, Spark and Presto). See details.
In Azure, Data Lake Storage integrates with:
- Azure Data Factory
- Azure HDInsight
- Azure Databricks
- Azure Synapse Analytics
- Power BI
The service is also integrated into a massive and mature ecosystem around Azure Blob Storage.
Data Lake Storage provides multiple mechanisms for data access control. By offering the Hierarchical Namespace, the service is the only cloud analytics store that features POSIX-compliant access control lists (ACLs) that form the basis for Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) permissions. Data Lake Storage also includes capabilities for transport-level security via storage firewalls, private endpoints, TLS 1.2 enforcement, and encryption at rest using system or customer supplied keys.