Microsoft Azure Blob Storage enables the secure, highly available storage of large unstructured binary data (BLOB = binary large object) in Microsoft Azure. A single blob can have a size of up to 1 terabyte. Content is automatically stored in triplicate.

Other available options are georeplication and the ability to cache blob content distributed worldwide via the content delivery network (see 6.2). Two types of blobs are available: block blobs and page blobs. The former are suitable for sequential data upload and download, while the latter provide random access to Blob sections.

Blobs are stored within containers. Access privileges can be assigned both at the container level and the Blob level. The relevant element can be declared as public (access possible without authentication) or private. Shared Access Signatures can be created to time-limit access to appropriately authorized users.

Getting Started

Getting Started

  1. 4/30/2015, Video, 0:16:11
    Scott talks to Program Manager Jai Haridas who school us all on Azure Blob Storage 101. We'll create a simple application that accesses Blog Storage and we'll even use Fiddler...
  2. 4/29/2015, Video, 0:56:44
    Cloud, on premise, and mobile applications are all increasingly using cloud storage. Azure Storage is a cloud storage service which provides scalability, durability, and...
  3. 5/19/2015, Video, 1:20:35
    Are you planning to deploy and run modern, cloud-scale applications in your private cloud? Do you know that all VM storage in your private cloud will soon be blob...
  4. 6/20/2016, Tool
    Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer (Preview) is a standalone app from Microsoft that allows you to easily work with Azure Storage data on Windows, OSX and Linux.
  5. 9/28/2017, Video, 1:12:13
    Microsoft Azure provides a broad range of services for working with data. Using these services well requires knowing at least a little bit about all of them. In this session,...

Blob Storage Videos

Azure Storage Update
2/14/2020, YouTube: Azure Power Lunch
Managing cloud native applications with Azure Blob Storage | THR2112
1/16/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite
Data loading best practices | DATA40
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite
Migrate your NFS workloads to Azure Blob Storage | THR2115
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite
Data virtualization with PolyBase in SQL Server 2019 | BRK3021
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite

Blob Storage News

3/11/2020, Service Updates
Unminify JavaScript with One Click
11/21/2019, Microsoft Azure Blog
Change feed support in Microsoft Azure Blob storage is now available in preview.
11/1/2019, Service Updates
Blob Storage module now provides integration with Event Grid on IoT Edge
10/23/2019, Service Updates
Batch API for Azure Blob Storage preview simplifies development of your applications that make several concurrent API requests to Blob storage. Batch API reduces the number of connections a...