This tutorial provides steps for creating an Azure Blob (hereinafter referred to as “Blob”) using the Platform user interface.
This tutorial requires a working understanding of the following components of Adobe Experience Platform:
If you already have a valid Blob connection, you may skip the remainder of this document and proceed to the tutorial on configuring a dataflow.
Experience Platform supports the following file formats to be ingested from external storages:
In order to access your Blob storage on Platform, you must provide a valid value for the following credential:
||A string that contains the authorization information necessary to authenticate Blob to Experience Platform. The Blob connection string pattern is:
||The shared access signature URI that you can use as an alternative authentication type to connect your Blob account. The Blob SAS URI pattern is:
Once you have gathered your required credentials, you can follow the steps below to link your Blob account to Platform.
In the Platform UI, select Sources from the left navigation bar to access the Sources workspace. The Catalog screen displays a variety of sources 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 source you wish to work with using the search bar.
Under the Cloud storage category, select Azure Blob Storage, and then select Add data.
The Connect to Azure Blob Storage page appears. On this page, you can either use new credentials or existing credentials.
To use an existing account, select the Blob account you want to create a new dataflow with, then select Next to proceed.
If you are creating a new account, select New account, and then provide a name and an option description for your new Blob account.
Authenticate using a connection string
The Blob connector provides you with different authentication types for access. Under Account authentication select ConnectionString to use connection string-based credentials.
Authenticate using a shared access signature URI
A shared access signature (SAS) URI allows for secure delegated authorization to your Blob account. You can use SAS to create authentication credentials with varying degrees of access, as a SAS-based authentication allows you to set permissions, start and expiry dates, as well as provisions to specific resources.
Select SasURIAuthentication and then provide your Blob SAS URI. Select Connect to source to proceed.
By following this tutorial, you have established a connection to your Blob account. You can now continue on to the next tutorial and configure a dataflow to bring data from your cloud storage into Platform.