The Azure Data Factory service is a fully managed service for composing data storage, processing, and movement services into streamlined, scalable, and reliable data production pipelines. You can use the Copy Activity in a pipeline to copy data from a source to a sink (destination) in a batch. The Copy Activity can be used in the following scenarios:
- Ingress to Azure. In this scenario, data is copied from an on-premises data source (ex: SQL Server) to a Azure data store (ex: Azure blob, Azure table, or Azure SQL Database)
- Egress from Azure. In this scenario, data is copied from Azure (ex: Azure blob, Azure table, or Azure SQL Database) to on-premises data marts and data warehouse (ex: SQL Server)
- Azure-to-Azure copy. In this scenario, the data distributed across Azure data sources is aggregated into a centralized Azure data store. Examples: Azure table to Azure blob, Azure blob to Azure table, Azure Table to Azure SQL, Azure blob to Azure SQL.
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