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Overview

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 News

7/6/2020, James Serra's Blog
On the heels of More Azure Blob Storage enhancements come more enhancements for Azure Data Lake Store Gen2 (ADLS Gen2): Archive tier is now GA: The archive tier provides an ultra-low cost tier...
5/26/2020,
  To help you secure your IoT solution from exposure to the public internet, we’re announcing two Azure IoT Hub features to support the virtual network (VNet) connectivity pattern: IoT Hub now...
5/25/2020, James Serra's Blog
I recently blogged about Query Acceleration for ADLS, which also applies to Azure Blob storage. Now there are more new features for blog storage that I will talk about. Blob index preview:...
Today, we are announcing the general availability of Geo-Zone-Redundant Storage (GZRS)—providing protection against regional disasters and Account failover—allowing you to determine when to...
5/4/2020, James Serra's Blog
Just announced is Query Acceleration for Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 (ADLS) as well as Blob Storage. This is a new capability for ADLS that enables applications and analytics frameworks to...
New capabilities in Azure Government include Azure Premium Files to help you achieve the next level of performance and Azure Blob Storage for scalable, cost-effective clo