What Is Microsoft Azure Storage?


Microsoft Azure allows users to store data of any form like table, blob, or any unstructured data in the cloud. Azure gives the solution to all storage problems as its storage capacity is limitless.
If you want to access any storage service, you must have an Azure storage account. So first, create a storage account. To do so, log in to the portal.azure.com and go to all services. Click on 'Storage Account'.
What Is Microsoft Azure Storage
Once you click on it you will find the 'New' button to create a new storage account. Click on it.
What Is Microsoft Azure Storage
Now provide required fields like subscription, resource group, and storage account name, etc. and click on 'Review + Create'.
What Is Microsoft Azure Storage
There are various options available in the Azure Storage Account for storing user data.
  1. Blob Storage
  2. File Storage
  3. Table Storage
  4. Queue Storage
  5. Disk

Blob Storage

Azure Blob storage is an object storage account on the cloud. You can store a massive amount of unstructured data like text, images and videos. Blob storage is used to store binary large objects. Blobs are stored in a directory structure called 'Containers'.

File Storage

Azure file a cloud base file storing network. It offers fully managed file shares in the cloud that can be accessed via industry-standard SMB. If you have an on-premises climate that requires a document offer and need to lift and move it to the cloud, AFS gives a simple method to share records between cloud VMs. AFS permits clients to set up a common drive without the need to make a committed VM to deal with the record share responsibility. AFS can likewise be utilized to work on cloud improvement; it very well may be set as a common asset for developers and sys-admin to have a focal offer when introducing apparatuses and applications. Azure file storage is easy to manage, highly scalable, and secure storage.

Table Storage

Azure Table Storage is used to store large amounts of data with NoSQL in the cloud. This storage is key-value data storage system. This storage offers a schema-less design, and each table contains rows that are created by key-value pairs. Table storage provides a solution for storing structured and non-relational data. So, you can store metadata and flexible datasets. You can also use Azure Table storage through the Azure Cosmos DB Table API.

Queue Storage

Azure queue storage is used to store a large number of messages. It allow you to access message from anywhere in the world via authenticated calls using HTTP and HTTPS. The maximum size of the message can be 64kb. A queue can have millions of messages, up to the maximum capacity limit of a storage account. The main component of the queue is:
  1. Storage Account, 
  2. Queue and 
  3. Message

Disk Storage

In Azure, disks are used to store data, applications, and operating systems. There are at least two disks in all virtual machines, i.e. temp disk and windows operating disk. VM can also have more disks. Both disks stored in an Azure storage account. Basically, there is two types of disks 1. Unmanaged disks, 2. Managed disks. Managed disk further has three types:
  1. Standard HDD disks 
  2. Standard SDD disks 
  3. Premium SSD disks


This is a basic introduction to Azure storage. I will explain that storage in detail in my next article. So, stay with us. Thanks for reading. Have a great day.