Azure Blob connection

Overview

Azure Blob (hereinafter referred to as “Blob”) is Microsoft’s object storage solution for the cloud. This tutorial provides steps for creating a Blob destination using the Platform user interface.

Getting started

This tutorial requires a working understanding of the following components of Adobe Experience Platform:

If you already have a valid Blob destination, you may skip the remainder of this document and proceed to the tutorial on activating segments to your destination.

Supported file formats

Experience Platform supports the following file format to be exported to Blob:

  • Delimiter-separated values (DSV): Support for DSV formatted data files is currently limited to comma-separated values. Support for general DSV files will be provided in the future. For more information about supported files, please read the cloud storage section in the tutorial on activating destinations.

Connect your Blob account

Log in to Adobe Experience Platform and then select Destinations from the left navigation bar to access the Destinations workspace. The Catalog screen displays a variety of destinations for which you can create an account with.

You can select the appropriate category from the catalog on the left-hand side of your screen. Alternatively, you can find the specific destination you wish to work with using the search option.

Under the Cloud Storage category, select Azure Blob Storage, followed by Configure.

Catalog

NOTE

If a connection with this destination already exists, you can see an Activate button on the destination card. For more information about the difference between Activate and Configure, refer to the Catalog section of the destination workspace documentation.

The Connect to Azure Blob Storage page appears. On this page, you can either use new credentials or existing credentials.

New account

If you are using new credentials, select New account. On the input form that appears, provide the connection string. The connection string is required to access data in your Blob storage. The Blob connection string pattern starts with: DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName={ACCOUNT_NAME};AccountKey={ACCOUNT_KEY}.

For more information about configuring your Blob connection string, see Configure a connection string for an Azure storage account in the Microsoft documentation.

Optionally, you can attach your RSA-formatted public key to add encryption to your exported files. Your public key must be written as a Base64 encoded string.

New account

Existing account

To connect an existing account, select the Blob account you want to connect with, then select Next to proceed.

Existing account

Authentication

The Authentication page appears. On the input form that appears, provide a name, an optional description, the folder path, and the container for your files.

In this step, you can also select any Marketing actions that should apply to this destination. Marketing actions indicate the intent for which data will be exported to the destination. You can select from Adobe-defined marketing actions or you can create your own marketing action. For more information about marketing actions, see the Data usage policies overview.

When finished, select Create destination.

Authentication

Next steps

By following this tutorial, you have established a connection to your Blob account. You can now continue on to the next tutorial and activate segments to your destination.

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