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Azure DP-900 Short Notes: Describe concepts of relational data

Azure DP-900 Short Notes: Describe concepts of relational data

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Published on Feb 14, 2021

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Understand the characteristics of relational data

👉Relational data model collections of entities from the real world as tables.

👉A table consist of row and columns where each row represent a single entity.

👉A single table consist of a Primary key.

👉A foreign key in a table helps to build relationships with other tables.

👉Most relational databases support Structured Query Language (SQL).

👉Commonly used in ecommerce systems.

👉Also used in Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) such as Banking applications and Online retail applications.


Explore relational data structures

👉Relational database contains some other structures that help to optimize data organization.

  1. Index
    • Helps to search data in a table.
    • Indexes consume additional storage space.
    • Some relational database management systems also support clustered indexes. A clustered index physically reorganizes a table by the index key.
    • A table can have multiple indexes, but only a single clustered index.
  2. View
    • A virtual table based on the result set of a query.

Choose the right platform for a relational workload

👉On-premise database hosting is expensive.

👉All tasks including including scaling, patching, updating and maintaining security should be handle by the organization which is a trivial task.

👉Cloud consists of two different models to host databases.

  1. IaaS
    • Database is hosted on a virtual machine.
    • OS level control is provided over the system.
    • All tasks such are patching and updating software should be handle by the organization.
  2. PaaS
    • The cloud provider handles hardware maintenance and software maintenance.
    • Can easily scale the database based on demand.
    • Ex: Azure SQL Database, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database for MySQL, and Azure Database for MariaDB
    • Some database features are missing from the respective database type due to security concerns.

 
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