1. Automated AI Dataset Versioning and Backup with Azure File Sync


    To achieve automated AI dataset versioning and backup with Azure File Sync, we will use Pulumi to programmatically define our cloud infrastructure. We utilize an Azure File Sync service to synchronize and back up files which will be especially useful for versioning datasets as they are updated. Additionally, we'll use Azure Machine Learning services to manage our datasets effectively.

    Here is what we will do:

    1. Set up an Azure File Sync service to allow us to sync our file shares across Azure services.
    2. Establish a Server Endpoint, which represents a specific location on a registered server where we synchronize files.
    3. Employ Azure Machine Learning's DataVersion resource to manage versions of our datasets; this fits into the AI component, enabling us to track dataset changes over time.

    Let's go through the process step by step:

    Step 1: Defining the Storage Sync Service

    First, we create an Azure File Sync service that will provide a synchronization infrastructure for our data versioning system.

    Step 2: Creating the Sync Group and Server Endpoint

    In this step, we specify a sync group within the storage sync service. A sync group describes the logical group of endpoints that should keep the data in sync. Then, we define a Server Endpoint within the sync group to define the specific folder to synchronize.

    Step 3: Dataset Versioning with Azure ML Services

    Finally, we manage our datasets with Azure Machine Learning services by creating a DataVersion resource for each dataset version. This service provides version control for datasets and allows us to track how datasets evolve over time, which is particularly useful for machine learning workflows.

    Below is a Python Pulumi program that performs these steps. The program assumes you have an Azure account, you're authenticated and have the necessary permissions to create these resources:

    import pulumi import pulumi_azure_native as azure_native # Constants for the resources resource_group_name = 'myResourceGroup' # Replace with your resource group name storage_sync_service_name = 'myStorageSyncService' sync_group_name = 'mySyncGroup' server_endpoint_name = 'myServerEndpoint' dataset_name = 'myDataset' version = '1.0' # Version for the dataset # Create an Azure resource group resource_group = azure_native.resources.ResourceGroup('resource_group', resource_group_name=resource_group_name) # Create an Azure File Sync Service storage_sync_service = azure_native.storagesync.StorageSyncService('storage_sync_service', resource_group_name=resource_group.name, location=resource_group.location) # Create a Sync Group within the Azure File Sync Service sync_group = azure_native.storagesync.SyncGroup('sync_group', resource_group_name=resource_group.name, storage_sync_service_name=storage_sync_service.name, sync_group_name=sync_group_name) # Create a Server Endpoint in the Sync Group server_endpoint = azure_native.storagesync.ServerEndpoint('server_endpoint', resource_group_name=resource_group.name, storage_sync_service_name=storage_sync_service.name, sync_group_name=sync_group.name, server_endpoint_name=server_endpoint_name, # Server resource ID and local path would be specific to your environment server_resource_id='<Your-Server-Resource-Id>', server_local_path='<Path-on-Server>') # Create a DataVersion resource to version and track our dataset data_version = azure_native.machinelearningservices.DataVersion('data_version', resource_group_name=resource_group.name, workspace_name='<Your-ML-Workspace-Name>', # Replace with your ML workspace name name=dataset_name, version=version, properties={}) # Export the server endpoint ID and DataVersion ID pulumi.export('server_endpoint_id', server_endpoint.id) pulumi.export('data_version_id', data_version.id)

    In this program:

    • myResourceGroup would be replaced by the name of your Azure Resource Group.
    • myStorageSyncService is the name of the Azure File Sync service.
    • mySyncGroup is the name of the Sync Group within the Azure File Sync service.
    • myServerEndpoint is the endpoint within the Sync Group.
    • myDataset is the name of your dataset.
    • <Your-Server-Resource-Id> should be replaced with your registered server's Azure resource ID.
    • <Path-on-Server> is the local path on the server where the dataset is stored.
    • <Your-ML-Workspace-Name> should be replaced with the name of your Azure Machine Learning workspace.

    Note: This program is a starting point. You would need to replace placeholders with actual values that fit your environment and setup, such as the server resource ID, the local path on your server, and the name of your Azure Machine Learning workspace. Ensure to first register the server you want to sync with Azure File Sync, which is not covered here but is required for the server endpoint to function.

    This will set up the fundamental parts for dataset versioning and backup using Azure services. Keep in mind that each of these services (FileSync, ML Services) comes with additional configurations and settings that you may need to address based on your specific requirements.