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Tips for Using Azure Storage

James Serra takes us through Azure Data Lake Store Gen2 and Azure Blob Storage:

Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS) Gen2 should be used instead of Azure Blob Storage unless there is a needed feature that is not yet GA’d in ADLS Gen2.

The major features that are missing from ADLS Gen2 are premium tiersoft deletepage blobsappend blobs, and snapshots. The major features that are in preview are archive tierlifecycle management, and diagnostic logs. Check out all the missing features at Known issues with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2.

Note that underneath the covers, ADLS Gen2 uses Azure Blob Storage and is simply a layer over blob storage providing additional features (i.e. hierarchical file system, better performance, enhanced security, Hadoop compatible access).

Click through for a bullet point list of useful information.