Purview catalogs data from on-premises, multi-cloud, or software-as-a-service (SaaS) locations. Purview let’s you understand exactly what data you have, manage its compliance with privacy regulations, and derive insights. Create a unified, up to date understanding of your data landscape with automated data discovery, sensitive data classification, and end-to-end data lineage with Purview Data Map. Purview aims to maximize the compliant use of a your own data by understanding it, how it moves (i.e. lineage), and who it is shared with. It also integrates with Microsoft Information Protection and Power BI sensitivity labels and certification and promotion labels.
Azure Purview includes three main components:
- Data discovery, classification, and mapping: It will automatically find all of an organization’s data on-premises or in the cloud, even those that are managed by other providers, and evaluate the characteristics and sensitivity of the data as it scans it
- Data catalog: It enables all users to search for trusted data using a simple web-based search engine. There is also visual graphs that let you quickly see if data of interest is from a trusted source
- Data governance: It provides a bird’s-eye view of your company’s data landscape, enabling “data officers” to efficiently govern the use of data. This enables key insights such as the distribution of data across multiple environments, how data is moving, and where sensitive data is stored
There is a sophisticated search engine to view all the scanned items:
It tracks data lineage (click to expand):
Below are the nine current different sources you can scan (more to come soon). I have got all the scans to work on all of the sources except Power BI as that requires a bit of extra work to scan a workspace different from the one in your subscription (by default, the system will use the Power BI tenant that exists in the same Azure subscription). To register a Power BI workspace outside your subscription, see Use PowerShell to register and scan Power BI in Azure Purview (preview). For those sources that are not supported, there is an option to submit data to the catalog via Azure Purview REST APIs. You can also use the APIs to build your own user experience on the catalog.
You can also use a “map view” to see all the sources and group them under collections (click to expand):
Azure Purview also comes with system defined classification rules but you can also add your own custom classification rules:
To ramp-up quickly, I suggest you visit the Azure Purview product page. Get started with Azure Purview documentation and view the Mechanics video to see Azure Purview in action and give your feedback via UserVoice.
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