Azure Blob Storage

Azure Blob Storage

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Azure Blob Storage

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Gets the job done

9 out of 10
March 26, 2022
Azure Blob Storage is equivalent to Amazon's S3, but better because it supports HTTPS. It lets us host files of any size and automatically …
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Block Blobs

$0.0081

Cloud
per GB/per month

Azure Data Lake Storage

$0.0081

Cloud
per GB/per month

Files

$0.058

Cloud
per GB/per month

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Product Details

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.

Azure Blob Storage Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
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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.

What is Azure Blob Storage's best feature?

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Who uses Azure Blob Storage?

The most common users of Azure Blob Storage are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 7 out of 10
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We used Azure Blob Storage as a staging ground for storing spreadsheet files needed for a forecasting model. We were looking for a cost-effective storage solution that could also accommodate different data types. Additionally, files that were not accessed frequently could be stored in archive storage, allowing more flexibility for the user.
  • Easy to work with - drag and drop
  • Capable of long term retention
  • Relatively low cost
  • Good for different data formats
  • Allows archival storage
  • UI needs improvement
  • Search for files can be slow
  • Additional details in documentation would be nice
Azure Blob Storage is well suited for cases where you are working with different data formats and looking for cost-effective storage solutions based on access frequency. Another area of strength is the encryption of data at rest, and encryption can be managed on your own. However, it may not be appropriate for transferring large data very fast.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Azure Blob Storage for storing our media content and as backup cloud storage for our servers in our organization. Which is a cost-effective way to store our organization's data. Azure Blob Storage helps us to create data lakes for our analytics easily, and four storage tiers fulfill all our cloud storage needs
  • Easy to backup VM's
  • Inbound transfers are free
  • Cost-effective for storing large amount of data when compared to other providers
  • Outbound transfers are bit expensive
  • Need improvement in documentation
Azure Blob Storage is well suited when you have a large amount of data to be stored and looking for a cost-effective way to store the data in a highly secured, scalable environment. Azure Blob Storage is the best option to go with, but when you have to do more outbound transfers of large data, then you might consider other options when you're on a budget.
Score 9 out of 10
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Azure Blob Storage is used in our organization as a cloud storage. Our used case prompts us to store images every 5 minutes in the cloud and we also use blob storage as file configuration storage. It comes very handy in implementing especially in Azure Edge modules. We also use archive file storage in Azure whenever we just need a cloud based storage for files we rarely use.
  • Low cost
  • Reliable cloud based storage
  • Scalable
  • Costly in outbound transfers
Azure blob storage is good for inbound storage of large files and images that might be used frequently or can be archived for a long time. Based on my experience with Azure Blob Storage, if the budget is limited and you will be needing to do outbound transfers of large files, other storage resources is better choice since it has per transaction costs for outbound transfers.
Score 9 out of 10
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We're using it to store SQL Server backups and audit logs. It's relatively cheap storage and because our data already exists in Azure, there are no ingress or egress fees. It's secure, always available, and very easy to access and use.
  • We can backup directly from Azure VMs running SQL Server, no copying around.
  • We can store SQL Audit logs directly in Azure Storage, no copying around.
  • So far we haven't run into anything that's a problem for us or that we'd do differently.
As mentioned earlier, we backup directly from our SQL Servers running on VMs to our Azure Blob Storage accounts and we have SQL Server Audits set to write directly to Azure Blob Storage. Azure Storage Explorer makes it drag and drop simple to copy files around/download them.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Azure Blob Storage as a centralized location for storing Customer's documents (attachment) specific to a lead/cases/complaints/customer 360 module implemented using Dynamics 365. We also Azure Blob Storage for storing customers' data, which we then use for generating Power BI Reports. Earlier these were stored either in the respective applications or some on-premise-based solutions.
  • Ease of use both through Azure Portal as well as API.
  • Cost-effective solution for storing a large amount of data compared to other storage solutions.
  • Scalability, Security, and Performance are the other key aspects of Azure Blob Storage that are easily manageable through Admin Console.
  • If we are transferring huge amount of data (outbound), it can get quite expensive.
  • With new features being added constantly, although a good thing, at times it becomes difficult to keep up with the changes. Documentation needs to keep UpToDate and should include best practices.
  • Performance can be improved especially when it comes to cold storage.
If an organization is already using Azure Cloud or Microsoft Office Products using Azure Blob for all their storage need is a no-brainer considering its seamless integration with all the different Microsoft Products. Those who are not into Microsoft Azure Platform can still compare it with Google, Azure, or any other Cloud Storage solutions before deciding on Azure Blob Storage.
March 26, 2022

Gets the job done

Score 9 out of 10
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Azure Blob Storage is equivalent to Amazon's S3, but better because it supports HTTPS. It lets us host files of any size and automatically replicates them across several regions. It offers various tiers of storage so we can choose the price/performance we want based on our business requirements. It has robust access controls to ensure only the correct program/person accesses the files.
  • Flexible access control with Shared Access Signatures.
  • Encryption of files.
  • Serving files encrypted in transit (HTTPS).
  • Would be nice if it offered an S3 API for easier portability.
  • Would be nice if it was cheaper.
Azure Blob Storage is great for storing files of all types and making them accessible anywhere across the world. Shared access signatures can provide temporary access to a file, which is nice when compared to competitors like S3 since the access control is embedded in the URL, rather than needing to use an AWS identity.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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.
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.