Getting the Most From Azure Storage
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The Azure Storage suite of services form the core foundation of much of the rest of the Azure services ecosystem. Blobs are low-level data primitives that can store any data type and size. Tables provide inexpensive, scalable NoSQL storage of key/value data pairs. Azure queues provide a messaging substrate to asynchronously and reliably connect distinct elements of a distributed system. Azure files provide an SMB-compatible file system for enabling lift-and-shift scenarios of legacy applications that use file shares. Azure disks provide consistent, high-performance storage for virtual machines running in the cloud.
In this Introduction to Azure Storage course you'll learn about the features of these core services, and see demonstrations of their use. Specifically, you will:
- Define the major components of Azure Storage
- Understand the different types of blobs and their intended use
- Learn basic programming APIs for table storage
- Discover how queues are used to pipeline cloud compute node together
- Learn to integrate Azure files with multiple applications
- Understand the tradeoffs between standard/premium storage and unmanaged/managed disks
Let's now examine the Azure File service. Azure Files is a service for creating network file shares in the Azure cloud. These file shares are server message block or SMB protocol compliant which makes them ideal for supporting lift-and-shift scenarios where a legacy application can be moved to Azure typically hosted in one or more virtual machines.
And any dependent file shares for that application can be recreated in the cloud without need to modify application code. File shares also work well as a file oriented mechanism to connect multiple applications together each reading or writing files to a central share in Azure. This service is built on top of other Azure storage services.
Table storage is used to hold file share metadata while Blob storage contains the actual file contents. Note that a single storage account may contain up to five terabytes of file share data with a max of one terabyte per individual file stored. Let's look at how to configure and use the Azure Files service.
About the Author
Josh Lane is a Microsoft Azure MVP and Azure Trainer and Researcher at Cloud Academy. He’s spent almost twenty years architecting and building enterprise software for companies around the world, in industries as diverse as financial services, insurance, energy, education, and telecom. He loves the challenges that come with designing, building, and running software at scale. Away from the keyboard you'll find him crashing his mountain bike, drumming quasi-rythmically, spending time outdoors with his wife and daughters, or drinking good beer with good friends.