Welcome to part one of our series on Azure Storage. Stay tuned for the second part.
An Overview of Azure Storage
Microsoft Azure Storage is a cloud-based storage offering that provides multiple storage solutions for organizations. In addition to a massively scalable object store for data objects, Azure Storage also offers a cloud-based file-sharing solution, a messaging store, NoSQL store, and disk storage for virtual machines.
All storage offerings available through Azure Storage are designed to be highly available and redundant. The underlying hardware that supports Azure Storage provides redundancy in the event of transient hardware failures, while many different replication offerings provide protection against local and regional outages.
Understanding that organizations appreciate and require secure data, Microsoft has designed Azure Storage so that all data written to it is encrypted when at rest and while in transit. With fine-grained controls available, organizations can manage who has access to what data as well.
Because it’s a managed service, maintenance of Azure Storage services, regular updates to the service, and issue resolution are all handled by Microsoft. This ensures that organizations can rid themselves of day-to-day care and feeding of the underlying hardware and services that support data storage.
The flexibility of Azure Storage ensures data stored in Azure Storage is accessible from anywhere in the world, via several methods and languages. Data hosted in Azure Storage can be accessed via HTTP or HTTPS, as well as via .NET, Java, Node.js, Python, PHP, and more. Data is also accessible via a stable REST API. Azure Storage also supports scripted data access via Azure PowerShell and Azure CLI. Data is also accessible visually via the Azure Storage Explorer and the Azure Portal.
Azure Storage includes several storage services. They include:
All services available from Azure Storage are accessed through a storage account.