Azure Blob Storage Reviews

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August 28, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use it to store backup data as an offsite copy of the on-premises backups. It is also used for archive and long term storage for files/items that are rarely used. We are also using it for storing log files and testing out how it will perform when using it for video streaming.
  • It is cost effective
  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to scale
  • Reliable
  • Highly available
  • Storage explorer software can be better.
For cold backups, archive data, and if you need cheap online storage that will not be regularly accessed. Also very good for streaming videos or audio files, for example, if you have an online education portal, you can store all the video files in Blob storage and then just load them on your website. The same applies for storing website content, pdfs, etc.
The main reason for providing a rating of 6 is that I haven't really opened any tickets with Microsoft support regarding the Azure Blob Storage so I have not used Azure support for Blob Storage. The product just works and did not have any issues at all. Now there is a lot of documentation freely available from the vendor. There are tons of youtube how-to videos so you really don't need some extra paid support. When we talk about Azure Support there are different tiers with response times, I find their agents knowledgeable, but if you are on the cheapest tier, you might need to wait for a day or two to get a proper response.
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January 24, 2020
Richard Peterson | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Azure Blob Storage is being used for our 34 global websites to be the one single-source repository for large files like videos, sound files, image files, and our extensive library of technical publications like hundred-page installation guides, user manuals, parts manuals and specification sheets. Since we started using Azure Blob Storage, we have reduced our page and content loading times on all of our websites. And since all of the global sites pull the content from the same source, we have been able to maintain control of what revisions of documents we have out on every website. It has made my content management job much easier and saved us money, which makes my boss happy.
  • It has allowed us to add content to the cloud that everybody globally can use. This makes it so much easier for us to maintain version control. Everybody is linking to the same version. And we have control of what revisions are uploaded to replace the one already there.
  • By moving these large digital files out of our server room and onto the cloud, we have reduced the pipeline needs for our IT servers on-site.
  • One thing we wish was done better is more guidance for building it out from day one. We did not know what we were doing and until we hired an implementation person that understood what we wanted to do. We spent a lot of time and money doing things over several times.
  • Help customers hook up with talented (local) implementation specialists would be great.
By using Azure Blob Storage, I have become friends again with the head of IT as in the past, and we butted heads when I'd complain I didn't have enough space and my websites loaded slow. He'd always say I just got you more storage, and we'd go around and around on what our needs were. This fighting has stopped with Azure Blob Storage.
Azure Blob Storage has excellent customer service, but we feel it is more important to have a great implementation partner that knows what they are doing and guide us. Make sure your implementation partner has done this before and check references. You do not want to pay them to learn Azure Blob Storage for you. Find someone that has done it before and ask them lots of "how did you?" types of questions.
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November 08, 2019
Michael Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Azure Blob storage is currently used in various ways at our company.

First, like cloud storage for various Azure SaaS platforms. Things like managed SQL instances and data lake storage for Azure AI / ML. It is useful in that it is tiered, so you can use hot tier for these use cases.

Secondly, a more common use is to use the cold and archive tiers as a cheap location to store long-term backups and archives. We think of it as a replacement for tape offloading in our DR strategy. One thing to be away from is that the cost to bring those backups/archives back from the cloud can be very high. So this is used more as a place of last resort for disaster recovery currently, but it definitely has its place.

  • Tiering - Hot/Cold/Archive.
  • It allows you to pay for the performance you need for the task at hand.
  • Easily consumed and accessed.
  • Expensive to egress your data, especially in a true DR scenario from cold or archive tier.

Well suited for newly developed micro applications that need to access data in the cloud.

Well suited for being the storage layer for SaaS offerings within the Azure Service Catalog. The integration is usually built-in.

Well suited for backup storage target for long-term RPO objectives, when the expectation of actual retrieval need is very low.

Well suited for long-term offsite archival storage.

Well suited for emergency storage needs (burst storage) for an immediate need.

Not appropriate for data that has high amounts of ingress and egress churn.

Not appropriate for applications that require ultra-low latency response time from the storage layer.

The support is typical of any Microsoft product. They have the resources to employ knowledgeable support staff and getting support is not an issue.
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February 24, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We currently use Azure Blob Storage to back-end our Panzura implementation. We keep Azure Blob Storage files as our true source of data and Panzura file caching devices at each location that has a subset of our data. It houses all of our critical business files and does it for a substantial decrease in costs vs. our old on-prem storage. This is the primary solution we use for our core business and is used across all departments.
  • Reduced cost. We were able to reduce our storage infrastructure by several hundred terabytes by consolidating redundant copies and dedupe/compression on files.
  • Extremely high level of redundancy. We can replicate data in a variety of ways that we would never have been capable of on our own hardware.
  • Unstructured data makes it harder to conceptualize what we have but with partners like Panzura that has been a non-issue for us.
  • Not always easy to understand the different models or tiers you can pick from when purchasing.
The only real use case we have is with caching devices using blob storage as the backend. Azure Blob Storage is phenomenal for that. Trying to eliminate your file server to use this may not go as well, though. Microsoft has other products meant to fill that option.
Microsoft has improved its customer service standpoint over the years. The ability to chat with an issue, get a callback, schedule a call or work with an architecture team(for free) is a huge plus. I can get mentorship and guidance on where to go with my environment without pushy sales tactics. This is very refreshing. Typically support can get me to where I need to be on the first contact, which is also nice.
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January 17, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Azure storage to handle data ingestion and storage for some BI reporting. A lot of the heavy lifting is done via some of the great Powershell commands via Azure. The ease of use and the ability to -flag upload file sizes really are useful. It has also been an excellent way for us to share data with not only internal users but also customers.
  • Ease of use.
  • Efficient in data ingestion.
  • Documentation for Powershell v10.
  • File transfer size starting larger than 4mb.
It fits exactly what we need it to do once we pieced together documentation from multiple sources. The data ingress and egress have fit our business model so far. If you are pulling or pushing large sets of data, Powershell v10 allows you to flag data transfer sizes to cut down on some of the cost if you have a large enough data pipe to handle the transfer speeds. There are some limitations on Blob storage size but we are far off with our projects that this is not a problem for us. Make sure to look at these Blob limits if you are going to be moving extremely large data sets.
Documentation sometimes appears to be out of date or not fully documented properly with new releases. It is like documentation comes out for a specific version and is quickly out of date. Another issue is documentation is scarce on new releases and only seems to get properly updated (and sometimes is still wrong) once enough people hit the forums to complain.
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Azure Blob Storage Scorecard Summary

What is Azure Blob Storage?

Microsoft's Blob Storage system on Azure is designed to make unstructured data available to customers anywhere through REST-based object storage.
Categories:  Object Storage

Azure Blob Storage Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Block Blobs$0.0081per GB/per month
Azure Data Lake Storage$0.0081per GB/per month
Managed Discs$1.54per month
Files$0.058per GB/per month

Azure Blob Storage Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No