The current state of Data Lake-Big Data and how AWS and Azure have solutions to the modern-day data challenges

Big data and AWS and Azure as cloud service providers, and their solutions to contemporary data challenges, will be the focus of this post.

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The current state of Data Lake-Big Data and how AWS and Azure have solutions to the modern-day data challenges

Big Data Challenges

Data is the crux of the digital world. The convenience of having all of an organization's data in one place has led to a widespread trend toward centralization. With the help of predefined queries and databases, users may quickly locate the data they need. Analyzing massive amounts of data has become increasingly sophisticated and valuable to businesses. Data scientists no longer have to devote all their time to managing data; instead can focus on resolving business issues. Every business undergoing digital transformation today relies on a database for every task involving working with data. This could be for a source of information, research, or predictive analysis. As a result, companies today have no choice but to adopt cutting-edge technologies that help them provide superior products and services at lower prices while simultaneously discovering fresh avenues for expansion. Data lakes as a business strategy is the answer; it delivers a great way to manage and examine extensive data sets.

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With the growing demand for advanced data management procedures, Statista predicts the Big Data industry will grow to $103B by 2027.

Data Lakes

Data lakes are massive data storage facilities, often called large data lakes or big data repositories. Big data can be stored and managed with the help of data lakes. They may be used to keep tabs on and analyze information from various sources, including customer databases, server logs, social media activity, Etc. Many businesses and organizations have utilized the Data Lake, but its implementation and application have varied widely. Data Lakes can be used for businesses' data warehousing or point-to-point integration. Raw data can be stored in a data lake and then used for analytics or business intelligence, eliminating the need to convert the data to a more manageable format. Unlike a "data warehouse," which stores structured data on an already-existing database, a "data lake" stores massive amounts of raw, unstructured data in a single location.

Data Lakes are used primarily to decouple disparate data sources from a single repository and to facilitate their use without demanding a third-party archival system. In contrast to a data warehouse, which is meant to keep data for the foreseeable future, a data lake stores data for as long as needed. Because of this, businesses gain superior intelligence with minimal investment in time and resources.

Moving Data to Cloud

Fast, real-time data access is a necessity in today's world. Since more and more people are using data, it's crucial to have data platforms that can adapt to their needs. Therefore, many businesses and individuals are making a move to the cloud so they may accomplish these goals without jeopardizing safety. Since most data already exists in on-premises databases like RDBMS (Relational Database Management System), the primary difficulty in switching to a cloud-based data platform is ingesting the data promptly and securely.

Serving the purpose of moving the data to the cloud introduces the two colossal Cloud Services. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Because of the high demand for cloud services, consulting firms and software makers choose to develop and deploy on Azure or AWS. Many businesses, however, prefer to employ a multi-cloud strategy, which allows them to simultaneously take advantage of both platforms to maximize their options, reduce their risk exposure, and better balance their dependencies.

Let's go in and start analyzing how these cloud providers deal with data lakes.

Data Lakes on AWS

In the current era, multiple data sources must be combined for business decisions. Many enterprises use MSSQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, NoSQL databases like DynamoDB and MongoDB, and data streams. This makes it difficult to query similar data or connect databases. Not just that. Companies now face many challenges with big data, like,

  • Dissimilar data sources
  • Lack of scalability
  • Inefficient data warehousing
  • Overwhelming security needs

With the rise of AWS, leaders can quickly become tangled up in contracts with vendors to substandard data solutions. AWS's cloud-native technologies help decrease the impact of modern data challenges, and some of the Big Data tools mentioned below can help any company irrespective of its size.

Using AWS to Address Data and Analytics Issues

AWS is home to tens of thousands of data lakes. An organization can gain more profound, actionable insights from data by eliminating data silos with the help of AWS data lakes.  Organizations can generate substantial value using cloud-native Big Data tools. They have the capability of deploying predictive analytics, customizing client experiences in real-time, and much more. Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a set of AI, ML, and BI tools for enterprises to maximize the value of their data. Such that, the difficulties mentioned above can be overcome with the help of tools that AWS provides. 

Let's see how.

AWS Tools for Big Data

1. Amazon SageMaker allows businesses to deploy their machine-learning infrastructure in the cloud. 

2. With AWS's pre-built AI programs like Amazon Personalize, companies can launch individualized recommendation engines, make accurate sales predictions, create interactive chatbots, and detect and prevent fraudulent online behaviour, among other things.

3. For in-depth data analysis and dashboard building, AWS provides business intelligence (BI) solutions like Amazon QuickSight. 

4. Companies can generate on-the-fly dashboards with a tool like Amazon Athena without first having to establish links between disparate datasets.

5. Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) is a platform for distributed computing that facilitates the rapid processing and storage of massive data sets. 

6. With Amazon Redshift, you can query structured and semi-structured data at scales up to several petabytes. Reports and dashboards in cloud-based BI solutions can be automatically updated with query results.

7. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is a powerful object storage service offered by AWS. It allows businesses to store their unstructured data in a single, highly accessible, and reliable location. Amazon S3 breaks down data silos and enables effortless analytics at scale.

8. The AWS Glue ETL service offers a hands-off option for transforming raw data into analytic-ready formats. 

9. AWS Lake Formation is a cloud-native tool available to AWS customers that automates many steps in establishing safe data lakes. AWS Lake Formation provides a secure, centralized location for businesses to store their data. Moreover, SecOps teams can specify data sources and implement security policies locally within the services.

AWS provides the foundational elements for data lakes to store, retrieve, and analyze data efficiently and securely.

AWS has the solution for every problem that businesses face now and considering its cost, it has become the most- trusted cloud service by all sizes and sectors.

Azure Data Lake

Data of any size, shape, and speed, as well as any processing and analytics in any language, can be easily stored in an Azure Data Lake, which includes all the features necessary to make this possible for developers, data scientists, and analysts. The data ingestion and storage process is simplified, allowing you to launch batch, streaming, and interactive analyses in record time.

Features of Azure

1. When it comes to storing data, the enterprise-ready Azure cloud data lake is safe, scalable, and compliant with the open HDFS standard. As it can process enormous amounts of data in parallel, it can be used to emanate insights from all three types of data—unstructured, semi-structured, and structured—without restriction.

2. Data Lake is built for optimal efficiency and scalability for cloud storage and streamlines cloud data storage for future business needs. Data Lake Store files might be 200 times larger than other cloud storage solutions. Azure Data Lake Store lets your firm review all its data without moving it. This avoids the need to rebuild programs if data or computing needs change and let’s you focus on running your business instead of managing enormous datasets. Isn't That Amazing?

3. Managing and governing large amounts of data have always been easier with Azure Data Lake because of its compatibility with preexisting identity, management, and security infrastructure. Thanks to its seamless integration with operational stores and data warehouses, which allows quick enhancements of the existing data applications.

4. Being built on top of Apache Hadoop's YARN cluster management technology, Azure Data Lake is meant to grow dynamically across SQL servers in Azure Data Lake, Azure SQL database servers, and Azure SQL data warehouse servers. As you know- Big data initiatives are compute-intensive and frequently require dispersed data sources; a unified strategy within the Hadoop ecosystem helps the service meet these requirements.

5. Finding resources to create and tune big data searches might take time. Azure Data Lake's tight integration with Visual Studio, Eclipse, and IntelliJ drive it effortless to execute, debug, and fine-tune code. Visualizations of U-SQL, Apache Spark, Apache Hive, and Apache Storm processes allow us to fine-tune searches and analyze code performance at scale. SQL, Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, R, Python, Java, and.NET are tools data engineers, DBAs, and data architects use for this purpose. 

Data Security

Now with the haunting cyber threats, data destruction has to be considered. Data becomes sensitive as,

  • It could be retrieved from the cloud storage provider's servers using forensics tools.
  • Run into data left behind by a previous tenant.
  • Using a CSP insider status to get hands on the information.
  • Access private information from a backup.

Also, How do we keep trusted internal parties from accessing sensitive information? Solving this, Both, AWS and Azure propose security documentation that covers the applicable security procedures, such as background checks, division of roles, supervision, and privileged access monitoring. 

And finally, the main drawbacks of existing Big Data technologies is the high cost of initial setup and maintenance, but both AWS and Azure have eliminated this by offering free solutions for gathering and storing data in a lake. Since free tools are available in each ecosystem, monitoring and analyzing business data is now easier than ever.

Are you looking to migrate Data to Cloud?

When renting infrastructure, you have much leeway with AWS, Azure, and other cloud providers. Depending on your project's scope, you can select anywhere from one server to one thousand servers. Investing in a software-as-a-service provider (SaaS) is worthwhile if your application is subjected to considerable demands. However, if you only need a tool to construct prototypes rapidly, on-premise choices such as Microsoft's Visual Studio are the way to go.

We at Performix assist businesses in accomplishing your Big Data objectives by implementing end-to-end cloud initiatives. We help streamline your company's access to Azure's expanding features and services, allowing you to bring new products and features to market quickly. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, we also have connections to financial resources that can help soften the blow of migrating legacy data practices and infrastructure to the cloud. You can count on us to use cutting-edge tools and an agile approach to help get your design and migration to the AWS Cloud moving along quickly, no matter your field.

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