Overview Of Azure Storage Service

Azure Storage Service enables new capability for applications requiring scalable, durable, and highly available storage for their data.

In this article we will learn about Azure Storage Service.

  1. Introduction of Azure Storage Services
  2. Type of Azure Storage Services.
  3. What is table Storage
  4. Basic concept of Table Storage
  5. Simulation of Table Storage (No Sql DB) with RDBMS.

Azure Storage Service

Azure Storage Service enables new capabilities for applications requiring scalable, durable, and highly available storage for their data.

Azure Storage is massively scalable and elastic: It can store and process hundreds of terabytes of data to support the big data scenarios required by scientific, financial analysis, and media applications. Or you can store the small amounts of data required for a small business website.

By default, we can create up to 100 storage accounts in a single Azure subscription. Each standard storage account can contain up to 500 TB of combined blob, queue, and table and file data.

Azure Table storage

Azure Table storage is a service that stores structured NoSQL data in the cloud, providing a key/attribute store with a schema less design, because Table storage is schema less.

Table Storage uses

  1. Storing TBs of structured data capable of serving web scale applications
  2. Storing datasets that don't require complex joins, foreign keys, or stored procedures and can be denormalized for fast access
  3. Quickly querying data using a clustered index
  4. Accessing data using the OData protocol and LINQ queries with WCF Data Service .NET Libraries

    Azure Storage Service

Storage Account

All access to Azure Storage is done through a storage account

There are two types of storage accounts,

  1. A standard storage account includes Blob, Table, Queue, and File storage.
  2. A premium storage account currently supports Azure Virtual Machine disks only.

URL format

Azure Table Storage accounts use this format,

http://<storage account>.table.core.windows.net/<table>

Table

A table is a collection of entities.

Entity

An entity is a set of properties, similar to a database row. An entity in Azure Storage can be up to 1MB in size.

Properties

  1. A property is a name-value pair. Each entity can include up to 252 properties to store data.
  2. Each entity also has three system properties that specify partition key, row key, and timestamp, and sub properties which are defined by the developer --  like FirstName.LastName etc
  3. Entities with the same partition key can be queried more quickly, and inserted/updated in atomic operations.

In Simulation of RDMS , A Table Storage is schema less; i.e. , no primary  or join is there .

RDMS Table Storage is type of No SQl
TableTable
RowEntity
ColumnProperties
Primary KeyPartition Key +Row Key(Unique Identifier of Entity)
JoinFilter Expression (Using LINQ Query)
Group ByPartition Key

Table Storage Diagram

Azure Storage Service 

In Table Storage we store two Partitions,  Employee and Customer, therefore we have two partitions of data, one for Employee and the second for Customer.

Note
Employee Partition Key is the same for multiple entities under the same partition, but Row key should be the same under the same partition.

Example - Employee has three entities but Row Key is different.

Subset Properties

User defines the  properties where we store our Model Class value. And these values will be retrieved based on the system-defined properties; ie partition key, row key, and timestamp

Example of Subset Properties

First Name, Last Name, Age, Email