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Azure DP-900 Short Notes: Explore concepts of non-relational data

👉Learn Module: Explore concepts of non-relational data

characteristics of non-relational data

👉Non relational data has no proper structure in them.

👉No scheme on Data.

👉Store the information for entities in collections or containers and not in relational tables.

👉Two entities in the same collection can have a different set of fields.

👉Data retrieval capabilities of a non-relational database vary based on stored data.

👉Advanced non-relational systems such as Azure Cosmos DB support indexing.

👉Use Cases include IoT and telematics, Retail and marketing, Gaming and Web and mobile applications.


Describe types of non-relational data

👉Two types of non-relational data

  1. Semi-structured Data

    • Data contains fields and two entities of same type can have different fields.
    • There are different formats of semi-structured data.
      1. JSON =Document enclosed in curly brackets.
      2. Avro =Row-based format.
      3. ORC = organizes data into columns rather than rows.
      4. Parquet = columnar data format.
  2. Non-structured Data

    • Do not have fields.
    • Ex: Audio and Video

Describe types of non-relational and NoSQL databases

👉Non-relational database also known as No-SQL database.

👉There are four types of non-relational database.

1.key-value store

  • Each data item in a key-value store has two elements, a key and a value.
  • Key uniquely identifies the item and valued hold the data.
  • value is opaque(DBMS just sees the value as an unstructured block).
  • Ex: Azure Table storage

2.Document database

  • Each document has a unique and fields in the documents are transparent to the DBMS.
  • Store data in JSON format or other formats such as XML, YAML, and BSON
  • Ex: Azure Cosmos DB

3.Column family database

  • Organizes data into rows and columns. Ex: ORC and Parquet files
  • Conceptually similar to relational database but different in implementation.
  • Ex: Apache Cassandra in Azure Cosmos DB supported through the Cassandra API

4.Graph database

  • Store entities with a main focus on the relationship between these entities.
  • stores two types of information. Nodes = Instances of entities and Edges= Relationships between nodes.
  • Nodes and edges can both have properties that provide information about that node or edge.

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