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Azure Blob Storage

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Azure Blob storage is a service for storing large amounts of unstructured object data, such as text or binary data, that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via HTTP or HTTPS.

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Azure Blob Storage review by Robert G.
Robert G.
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"Azure Blob Storage many "how to use" scenarious availible for you."

What do you like best?

Blob storage is one of services of Azure storage service, by using it you can share your data like a pictures, video music, different documents. Nex thing you can is store big data as raw data, logs and so on and at the end you can to store your backups, such as backups of SQL Server. You can access files you safed from anywhere by using the URL, REST interface, or one of the Azure SDK storage client libraries. Storage client libraries are available for multiple languages, including Node.js, Java, PHP, Python, Ruby and .NET. If you can allow you to use premium price tier your data can be safed on fastest SSD drives.

What do you dislike?

If you really need to send a lot of data to Blob storage you should using old good method like sending your hard drives to one of Microsoft data center. You should pay for outgoing traffic.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Azure blob storage can be used in many ways, all depends of your deeds, you just need to read documentation before go with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're storing as our on promise data like a backups, files documents as Azure stuff like a virtual hard drives of virtual machines log files and so forth.

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Azure Blob Storage review by Fedor K.
Fedor K.
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"Good storage for Big Data and whatever you need"

What do you like best?

BLOB storage is a good solution to keep any kind of data on Azure. It also provides great speed and secure access management without publicly exposing storage keys. You can control user access using storage access signature tokens, that allows you provision of temporary access with desired user rights and without user impersonation. Different redundancy options allows keep your data secure from being lost per natural disasters and different outages, also you can replicate your data to different regions to be used by locally situated workloads, like Web Applications. VNet endpoints allows you to keep your data accessible for Azure located application like it is places on local resources without going through public endpoints.

What do you dislike?

speed of transferring data between Azure regions is slower than transferring from on-premise location to Azure via public internet

Recommendations to others considering the product

Select RA-GRS storage for critical resources, this will make you safe from losing these. You will be able at least to read these in case of any outages in datacenter

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resources for Azure based virtual machines and web apps

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Azure Blob Storage review by Daniel P.
Daniel P.
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"Maybe the best cloud storage experience"

What do you like best?

BLOB Storage is very fast and allows access in very secure way, even being accessible through public URL, you need to have storage access key or SAS token to access it. You can integrate it with API of your application so when user needs access, application generating SAS token with required access level and redirects users there. Token have limited lifetime, so when it expires it can`t be used to access BLOB Storage anymore. It can be used to keep files of SQL Server databases installed on Azure virtual machines, in this case speed of work with these files increases significantly and performance grows. You can manage your BLOBs directly from Azure portal, but you can also use Storage Explorer tool to make your work more smooth. Solution is very easy to deploy and it is ready for use right after deployment and does not requires lot of additional configuration. you can select needed redundancy options for your storage, to keep your data safe even from disaster events on Azure datacenters

What do you dislike?

Downloading lot of data out of Azure can be expensive activity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep your storage secure, regenerate access keys frequently and avoid using these for application access

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data storage for Azure resources

Azure Blob Storage review by Michael T.
Michael T.
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"Multipurpose cloud storage"

What do you like best?

The best thing in BLOB store is variety of use types. You can keep your VHD files, backups, application files, source code and packeages and whatever you need. You can even put data files for your SQL Server databases and attach these to SQL Server running at Azure Virtual Machine, and it will give you significant increase of speed. Security options are great, you can grant and revoke access using powershell, you can even create tokens for temporary access, so you will not need to revoke access, when token expires. Virtual Network integration was added recently, so your storage can be accessed within VNET, without need to send traffic outside of your resource group. Different replication options can provide data resiliency on desired level without unneeded spend of funds. Different access methods could be useful in different cases. You can access your storage using PowerShell, Azure Portal, Storage Explorer tool by Microsoft and even SQL Server Management Studio. The last one is very useful when you are using BLOB storage paired with SQL Server, so you can manage both from single window.

What do you dislike?

Paid outgoing traffic from Azure, you can put anything to BLOB storage for free, but you will be charged for getting it back.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is much more effective to keep your data directly in BLOB storage then on local drives of your VMs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multiple storage consuming services, like backups and operational data used by applications

Azure Blob Storage review by Victor R.
Victor R.
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"Super Fast storage for any kinds of your data"

What do you like best?

BLOB storage is universal, you can keep any files as Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) and grant and revoke access with SAS tokens. Different pricing tiers allows you to control storage availability, protection and usage according for your needs, and save the costs of unused options. All BLOBs could be accessed directly from Azure Portal or using Azure Storage Explorer. Storage is very fast, much more fast than even SSD drives of your virtual machines. Actually these drives are also BLOBs, so you can move these betwenn machines simple detaching and attaching corresponding BLOBs. BLOB can be at hot and cold tiers, for operational and archive data respectively, so you can get even less costs of keeping unused historical data there. Very low price, even top storage types will be much cheaper than physical storage shelves in on-premise data center. Lost of different possible usages allows flexible planning of your budget for Azure

What do you dislike?

Outbound traffic from Azure is not free, so if you need to extract big amount of your data from BLOB storage to on-premise environment, it can affect your monthly costs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

BLOB storage can be very useful in different situation, but you need to plan it carefully

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Background storage for Azure services

Azure Blob Storage review by Eugene P.
Eugene P.
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"Get all speed and security of cloud location with BLOB Storage"

What do you like best?

BLOB Storage is a simple and very secure way to keep your files in Azure. It allows multiple ways of interactions with these. Files are sorted in cntainers which are some kind of root directories for devices that can ce used for different purposes. You can keep backup data in one container and data files for SQL Server in another within single storage account. Different replications options allows granular control on data safety and storage costs. Pricing policy is very good, so BLOB storage, even with all possible options, will be less expensive than regular storage device, that we used to see on data centers. Security is outstanding, storage has it`s permanent access keys, which could be regenerated at any time, but it is recommended to use SAS tokens, to provide datailed and time limited access privilegies. Virtual network endpoint, so you servers from specified network will be able to access storage without going out of your infrastructure. Excellent storage speed.

What do you dislike?

Storage access keays are shown as plain text on Azure portal, so in case any of administrator`s accounts will be lost, hackers can get these without any efforts. SAS tokens are limited in time, ven if you will specify years of timeline, sometimes you will have to regenerate this toked or you application accessing this storage account could be impacted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep your Azure administrator`s accounts safe, losing this account can affect security of your cloud and on-premise environments

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Generic storage for everything in Azure

Azure Blob Storage review by Gleb M.
Gleb M.
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"True cloud storage for your business"

What do you like best?

BLOB storage is the main storage solution across Microsoft Azure, it has a lot of integrations and usage cases. The main strong features are Infinite capacity, different redundancy types depending on your needs and budget, virtual network endpoints. Flexible access policy based on SAS tokens allows you to give permanent and temporary access without need to revoke it manually. Lots of tool that can access storage accounts, you can even open it in SQL Server Management Studio and manage your data through it. Incredible speed BLOBs are much more fast even than local SSD drives of Azure VMs

What do you dislike?

Complex integration with Azure automation, it is not so easy to create simple retention policy, as it does not has native tools for this. Not very clear and detailed documentation, some points are out-of-date for most of the time

Recommendations to others considering the product

Explore it`s possibilities, you can find this very useful, while deploying in Azure

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Storage for Data in Azure

Azure Blob Storage review by Timur Z.
Timur Z.
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"Cloud storage with amazing features"

What do you like best?

Normally you can use BLOB storage as storage device for disks of your Azure virtual machines, but it has a lot more useful features. You can place data files of of your SQL Server databases which deployed on VM. This will increace the speed at least twice versus putting these on local drives, you can point BLOB storage as backup location for your SQL Server, using backup to URL function, this will increase the speed of backups, for SQL Server of Azure VM. You also can collect log analytics for OMS service there. Storage can be connected via Azure Storage Explorer tool and SQL Server Management Studio, the last option can be useful if you are storing some NoSQL in BLOB and using Polybase in SQL Server

What do you dislike?

No native file retention mechanism, you have to set up custom automation to clean up your files on time basis, not a big deal, but having this in place could be very good

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the documentation, you can find a lot of interesting scenarios of BLOB Storage usage

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storage for Azure VMs and SQL Server backups and data files

Azure Blob Storage review by Andrey G.
Andrey G.
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"Universal and not expensive storage for Azure"

What do you like best?

Storing files in containers with full control on access, you can grant and revoke access when needed, you can even provide temporary acess which will be revoked automatically when token expires. Very fast for Azure resources, much faster than local drives of virtual machines

What do you dislike?

Not very clear documentation, still can`t understand all possible features, I can get from BLOB storage

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the documentation attentively, you can find lots of great features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storing drives for Virtual machines

Azure Blob Storage review by Vlad D.
Vlad D.
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"Fast and powerful cloud storage"

What do you like best?

BLOB storage provides excellent speed and lots of options how to use it. You can keep disks for your VMs, backups or even data files for your SQL Server deployed on Azure VM. Different pricing ties allows you to have required features leveraging the costs of hardware of features that you do not need

What do you dislike?

It is a bit hard to select appropriate storage type when you start working with it, required a lot of reading of documentation

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We put backups of SQL Servers and data files to BLOB storage directly, which increased overall speed of backup jobs and databases

Azure Blob Storage review by Kirill B.
Kirill B.
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"Your Azure lives there"

What do you like best?

Perfect fit for data files, backups and vhds for your virtual machines, very easy to start working with, wery fast and safe. Outstanding support from Microsoft. Great feedback from developers working in Azure

What do you dislike?

Maybe some complex way of creatiing SAS tokens for time limited access, hope if will be simplified in future

Recommendations to others considering the product

Storing data files for SQL Server will speed up your experience with it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storing drives, SQL Data Files and backups for Azure infrastructure

Azure Blob Storage review by Andrey P.
Andrey P.
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"Perfect storage for your needs in Azure"

What do you like best?

BLOB storage can be integrated with various products used in Azure, you can place disks, SQL Server backups and data files, backups of your on-premise servers, etc

What do you dislike?

Documentation is always not up-to-date, so it can be hard to know about new features

Recommendations to others considering the product

Universal storage for Aruze resources

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storing a lot of data for reasonable price

Azure Blob Storage review by Administrator
Administrator
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"This worked well for me"

What do you like best?

The Azure interface is exceptionally good - I enjoyed working in it

What do you dislike?

The rest api was hard to implement the docs could have been better

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to handle all aspects of my business under one roof was refreshingly convenient

Azure Blob Storage review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Works as advertised!"

What do you like best?

We stored JSON files in Azure Blob Storage and found it very responsive and easy to imp;ement.

What do you dislike?

Not much. Setup & config was difficult the first time in, but the learning curve isn't bad. I found Azure Blob Storage easy to navigate and use with Power BI tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storage & reporting of MS Dynamics AX data

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