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Understanding Pricing in Azure Data Factory

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through my entire Beginner’s Guide to Azure Data Factory 🤓 We’ve gone through the fundamentals in the first 24 posts, and now we just have one more thing to talk about: Pricing.

And today, I’m actually going to talk! You see, in January 2022, I presented a 10-minute session at DataMinutes about understanding pipeline pricing in Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse Analytics. And since it was recorded and the recording is available for free for everyone… Well, let’s just say that after 24 posts, I think we could both appreciate a short break from reading and writing 😅

Lessons Learned: Understanding Azure Data Factory Pricing

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Pipeline pricing is easy, right? No upfront costs. Pay only for what you use. It’s a wonderful world for developers. Just a few clicks and your solution is ready for production!

But what do you present to management when they ask for cost estimates? “I guess we just have to wait for the next invoice” is rarely an acceptable answer. It is definitely not an acceptable answer if that invoice turns out to be unexpectedly high…

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In this post video, we looked at some lessons learned about understanding pricing in Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse Analytics. To sum up the key takeaways:

  • Everything has a cost in Azure 💡
  • Activities are prorated by the minute and rounded up
  • Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse Analytics are probably not the right tool for small, frequent batches for many single files or tables

There is one more post in this series. Just one! 🤯 Tomorrow, I will be publishing a post with a whole bunch of resources and references. We won’t go through anything new, but I will share where and how and from who you can continue learning about Azure Data Factory.

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Professional headshot of Cathrine Wilhelmsen.Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, international speaker, author, blogger, organizer, and chronic volunteer. She loves data and coding, as well as teaching and sharing knowledge - oh, and sci-fi, gaming, coffee and chocolate 🤓