1. Azure Blob Storage for Datasets in AI Training Environments


    Azure Blob Storage is an excellent choice for storing datasets for AI training environments due to its scalability, security, and availability. When you want to use Pulumi to create resources on Azure, you can take advantage of the azure-native package. This provides Python classes corresponding to Azure resources, and it offers a more direct mapping to the Azure Resource Manager's capabilities.

    To get started, you will create an Azure Resource Group, a Storage Account, and a Blob Container. Datasets for AI training can then be uploaded as blobs within this container.

    Here is a step-by-step guide and a Pulumi Python program to set up Azure Blob Storage suitable for datasets in AI training environments:


    • Azure subscription
    • Python installed on your local machine
    • Pulumi CLI installed and Azure configured
    • Python environment set up (preferably a virtual environment)


    1. Define the Resource Group: This is a container that holds related resources for an Azure solution.
    2. Create a Storage Account: This is needed to work with Azure Storage services like Blob Storage.
    3. Set up a Blob Container: This is where your blobs (datasets) will be stored.
    4. Configure Public Access: Depending on the requirement, you might set up the container with or without public access.
    5. Upload your Datasets: This step isn't covered in the Pulumi code directly but is something you would do either programmatically or through the Azure Portal/Storage Explorer once the infrastructure is set up.

    Here is the Python program that performs the above steps:

    import pulumi import pulumi_azure_native as azure_native # Create an Azure Resource Group resource_group = azure_native.resources.ResourceGroup("ai_datasets_resource_group") # Create a Storage Account storage_account = azure_native.storage.StorageAccount("aidatasetsstorageaccount", resource_group_name=resource_group.name, sku=azure_native.storage.SkuArgs(name=azure_native.storage.SkuName.STANDARD_LRS), kind=azure_native.storage.Kind.STORAGE_V2) # Create a Blob Container blob_container = azure_native.storage.BlobContainer("aidatasetsblobcontainer", account_name=storage_account.name, resource_group_name=resource_group.name, # Setting public access level, if required for the AI datasets # Possible values include: 'Container', 'Blob', None (private) public_access=azure_native.storage.PublicAccess.NONE) # Exports the primary endpoint for the storage account primary_storage_endpoint = pulumi.Output.concat( "https://", storage_account.name, ".blob.core.windows.net/" ) # The container endpoint is useful to know where to upload datasets blob_container_endpoint = pulumi.Output.concat(primary_storage_endpoint, blob_container.name, "/") # Export the storage account name, blob container name, and endpoint pulumi.export('storage_account_name', storage_account.name) pulumi.export('blob_container_name', blob_container.name) pulumi.export('primary_storage_endpoint', primary_storage_endpoint) pulumi.export('blob_container_endpoint', blob_container_endpoint)


    • The ResourceGroup is created to provide a scope for all the Azure resources.
    • StorageAccount is set up with a STANDARD_LRS sku, which stands for Standard Locally-redundant storage. This is typically a cost-effective choice for storing data that doesn’t require geo-redundancy.
    • BlobContainer is the actual place where the data blobs will be stored. The public access is set to NONE to prevent public access to the blobs, securing your data. If your use case requires public read access for blobs, set public_access to Blob or Container.
    • The primary_storage_endpoint is created by concatenating the default Blob Storage endpoint with the storage account name. This represents the base endpoint URL.
    • The blob_container_endpoint is the full URL to access the created blob container. This would be used to access or reference the container programmatically.

    This code does not cover the uploading of actual datasets to the Blob Container, which would typically be done either using the Azure Storage SDK within an application or by using tools like Azure Storage Explorer after setting up the infrastructure with Pulumi.

    Remember to replace the names of resources with values that align with your naming conventions and requirements. Lastly, this Pulumi code should be placed in a __main__.py file typically found at the root of a Pulumi project. Once that’s done, run pulumi up to create the resources on Azure.