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What is Azure Storage ?

Azure Storage:

Cloud computing enables new scenarios for applications requiring scalable, durable, and highly available storage for their data. Azure storage can be store  blob (object) data, NoSQL table data, queue messages, and file shares.

Type of Azure Storage:

      There is four type of azure storage:

  1. Blobs Storage
  2. Table Storage
  3. Queue Storage
  4. File Storage
Microsoft Azure Storage


Blobs Storage:

Azure Blob storage is a service for storing large amounts of object data, such as text or binary data, that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via HTTP or HTTPS.You can use Blob storage to expose data publicly to the world, or to store application data privately.

There are two kinds of blobsBlock blobs and Page blobs.
Black Blob :
 Block blob can be store up to 200 GB. if it is larger than 64 MB, it must be sent in multiple chunks of no more than 4 MB. Storing a Block blob is also a two-step process; the block must be committed before it becomes available. When a Block blob is sent in multiple chunks, they can be sent in any order. The order in which the Commit call is made determines how the blob is assembled. Thankfully, as we'll see later, the Azure Storage API hides these details so you won't have to worry about them unless you want to.
Page Blob:
A Page blob can be store up to 1 TB in size, and is organized into 512 byte pages within the block. You set the maximum size when creating a page blob and then you can write or update specific pages.This means any point in the blob can be accessed for read or write operations by using the offsite from the start of the blob. This is the advantage to using a Page blob rather than a Block blob, which can only be accessed as a whole.
Table Storage :
Azure Table storage is a service that stores structured NoSQL data in the cloud.Table storage is a key/attribute store with a schema-less design. Because Table storage is schema-less. Azure tables are ideal for storing structured, non-relational data.You can store any number of entities in a table, and a storage account may contain any number of tables, up to the capacity limit of the storage account.
Queue Storage :
Azure Queue storage is a service for storing large numbers of messages that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via authenticated calls using HTTP or HTTPS. A single queue message can be up to 64 KB in size, and a queue can contain millions of messages, up to the total capacity limit of a storage account. It is known by computer scientists as a FIFO data structure. FIFO stands for First In-First Out.
File Storage :
Microsoft Azure File Service is a is a cloud storage service that allows Windows Server administrators to access Server-Message-Block-Protocol (SMB) shares in the Azurecloud by setting up file shares in the Azure management console.
The Azure File Service allows applications that run in Azure to share files between virtual machines by using such standard file system APIs such as WriteFile or ReadFile. There are four scenarios in which Windows Server administrators can use Azure File Service.
1: Azure File Service can be a shared resource so test machines and development have access to one file share when installing tools, applications and utilities.
2: Azure File Service can be the central location in which applications leave configuration files. This is helpful when applications spread across VMs since they'll still be able to read settings files from just one source.
3: An Azure File Service share can be deployed to become the place for applications to store monitoring files, including crash dumps and logs.
4: Azure File Service can create shares without needing to create and use another virtual machine set to host file share workloads. This is especially helpful when trying to move applications into the cloud and they depend on accessing SMB.

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I have more then 6 years Experience in Microsoft Technologies - SQL Server Database, ETL Azure Cloud - Azure SQL Database, CosmosDB, Azure Data Factory, PowerBI, Web Job, Azure Function, Azure Storage, Web Apps, Powershall and Database Migration On-Premise to Azure Cloud.
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