Azure Storage

Storage Account = Unique Azure Namespace (every object has its own web address) (<storage-account>.<storagetype>


  • Binary Large Object
  • Stored in containers
  • doesn’t matter what size they are
  • all items will have a unique address
  • “Block blobs”
  • “append blobs” – logging data from VMs
  • “Page Blogs” store files up to 8TB, any part of the file can be accessed, could store a virtual machine
  • Hot – frequently used files, lower access times and higher cost.
  • Cool – Lower cost storage, data remains here for 30 days
  • Archive


  • Azure Manages uptime and backup
  • you don’t worry about size
  • 4 main disk types for VM
    • HDD – low cost suitable for backups or test scenarios
    • SSD – standard SSD, the norm for any production environment
    • Premium SSD – super fast high performance for critical uploads, for databases
    • Ultra Disk – for the most demanding data intensive workloads, sub millisecond latency, Disks up to 64 TB. Transaction heavy workloads.


  • File shares for on-premises storage. Constraints: Disk space, backups, security, file sharing can be difficult
  • File storage account on azure: share across multiple machines, managed so you don’t have to worry about hardware, resilient for network and power outages
  • Hybrid – supplement. Lift and Shift to Azure.


  • Cheap way to store massive amounts of data
  • Requirement – policies, legislation, recovery requirements.
  • Lowest price – a few dollars a month for terabytes of space.
  • Durable, encrypted, and stable. Perfectly suited for data that is accessed infrequently. Free up premium storage.
  • Blob storage, so the same tools will work with both blob and archive

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