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Many organizations have implemented data lakes to great success, giving them a tactical business edge through the use of data analysis and predictive analytics.

This course covers the basics of data lakes, how they are different from data warehouses, and the components that make up a successful data lake.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between data warehouses and data lakes
  • Know what qualities make up a good data lake.
  • Learn about AWS Lake Formation and how it can transform the process of creating a data lake from taking months to days

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone who is responsible for managing business data or for those interested in creating a data lake in general.


To get the most out of this course, you should have a decent understanding of cloud computing and cloud architectures, specifically with Amazon Web Services.


Data lakes offer a new way to store and work with your business data. No longer should you need to be worried about keeping all your data live within a single data warehouse, costing you untold amounts of money.  The data lake gives you the flexibility to store huge amounts of data at a reduced cost, while also allowing you to pull the specific information you are interested in. 

Businesses that are able to keep track of and make scenes of their business data are more likely to develop an edge. The data lake provides a single place for all of your business data to reside, be managed, and cataloged for future analytics and predictive analysis. This kind of oversight lets other teams peer into the data lake for the information they need.

Since managing and building a data lake is a pretty difficult task, AWS has created the Lake Formation service to help facilitate your data lake endeavors. This service deals with a lot of the undifferentiated heavy lifting like connecting all the layers together, dealing with security, and managing cataloging and crawling of your data. 

Anywho, that brings us to the end of this course. My name is Will Meadows and I'd like to thank you for spending your time here learning about Data Lakes. Hopefully you have been inspired to try out the Lake Formation service yourself, or to at least think about this new way to deal with your business data.

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About the Author

William Meadows is a passionately curious human currently living in the Bay Area in California. His career has included working with lasers, teaching teenagers how to code, and creating classes about cloud technology that are taught all over the world. His dedication to completing goals and helping others is what brings meaning to his life. In his free time, he enjoys reading Reddit, playing video games, and writing books.