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Connecting to Azure Blob Storage with SQL Server 2022

I take a look back at the past and forward to the future:

PolyBase used to connect to Azure Blob Storage. Specifically, you could use the wasbs:// protocol and connect to Azure Blob Storage over WebHDFS. Here’s an example of an external data source which would work for SQL Server 2016 through 2019:

SQL Server 2022 changes its mechanisms around Azure Blob Storage a little bit, though I think the changes are sensible.