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Getting Loaded with IBM dashDB

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So you’ve heard the buzz about dashDB, and you’re ready to try out this amazing new cloud database offering from IBM. You signed up, got your brand new dashDB account, and you went ahead and created a database to hold your data. The next step is obvious: you need to get the data loaded. But how?

There are many options open to you, including some tools that you might already be familiar with. But did you know that dashDB also provides easy-to-use options directly through the dashDB console? The following diagram will help you choose the option that is right for you:

Where is your data coming from?

Where do you start? Consider where your data is located, and its format and size. dashDB enables you to directly load your data if it happens to be in a flat file or geospatial shapefile, or if it’s located in a cloud-based object store. You also have the option to sync data directly from a Cloudant database into dashDB. If your data comes from a source that can’t be loaded into dashDB as-is, you can export it to a file and load it using dashDB. Or you can use the IBM Bluemix DataWorks service to extract, transform, and load your data into dashDB, all through a single tool.

Need more help evaluating these load options? Check out these developerWorks demos and tutorials:

You can also find these videos on the dashDB YouTube channel.

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