Amazon Glue Data Catalog best practices - Amazon Glue
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Amazon Glue Data Catalog best practices

This section covers best practices for effectively managing and utilizing the Amazon Glue Data Catalog. It emphasizes practices such as efficient crawler usage, metadata organization, security, performance optimization, automation, data governance, and integration with other Amazon services.

  • Use crawlers effectively – Run crawlers regularly to keep the Data Catalog up-to-date with changes in your data sources. Use incremental crawls for frequently changing data sources to improve performance. Configure crawlers to automatically add new partitions or update schemas when changes are detected.

  • Organize and name metadata tables – Establish a consistent naming convention for databases and tables in the Data Catalog. Group related data sources into logical databases or folders for better organization. Use descriptive names that convey the purpose and content of each table.

  • Manage schemas effectively – Take advantage of the schema inference capabilities of Amazon Glue crawlers. Review and update schema changes before applying them to avoid breaking downstream applications. Use schema evolution features to handle schema changes gracefully.

  • Secure the Data Catalog – Enable data encryption at rest and in transit for the Data Catalog. Implement fine-grained access control policies to restrict access to sensitive data. Regularly audit and review Data Catalog permissions and activity logs.

  • Integrate with other Amazon services Data Catalog Use the Data Catalog as a centralized metadata layer for services like Amazon Athena, Redshift Spectrum, and Amazon Lake Formation. Leverage Amazon Glue ETL jobs to transform and load data into various data stores while maintaining metadata in the Data Catalog.

  • Monitor and optimize performance Data Catalog Monitor the performance of crawlers and ETL jobs using Amazon CloudWatch metrics. Partition large datasets in the Data Catalog to improve query performance. Implement performance optimizations for frequently accessed metadata.

  • Stay updated with Amazon Glue documentation and best practices Data Catalog Regularly check the Amazon Glue documentation and Amazon Glue resources for the latest updates, best practices, and recommendations. Attend Amazon Glue webinars, workshops, and other events to learn from experts and stay informed about new features and capabilities.