For the better part of 15 years, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) has been the go-to enterprise extract-transform-load (ETL) tool for shops running on Microsoft SQL Server. More recently, Microsoft added Azure Data Factory (ADF) to its stable of enterprise ETL tools. In this post, I’ll be comparing SSIS and Azure Data Factory to share how they are alike and how they differ. I’ll also review the strengths and shortcomings of each, including the architectures in which each of these is likely to do well.
Read on for Tim’s thoughts on the subject. Tim lays out his biases up-front but also gives you a good feel for where both products are in their lifecycles.