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 <span>Robert G.</span>
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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 <span>Fedor K.</span>
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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 <span>Daniel P.</span>
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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 <span>Michael T.</span>
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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 <span>Victor R.</span>
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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 <span>Eugene P.</span>
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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

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