What is Microsoft Azure Storage?

Microsoft Azure Storage service is a highly available and massively cloud storage platform that is designed to build Virtual machines (VMs), web applications, mobile applications and many more. Azure Storage service is designed to store huge amount of data(petabytes of data) , which always be replicated to multiple locations. Microsoft Azure Storage services offers four types of storage services they are :

Blob Storage

Blob stands for Binary Large Object, this type of storage can store unstructured data like documents, files, images, VHDs and so on.

Table Storage

Table Storage is a Microsoft NoSQL data store that can be used for the massive amount of semi-structures and non relational data.

Queue Storage

Queue storage is a storage service that is used to provide persistent and reliable messaging for application components. It creates, a lost of messages that  process asynchronously, following the First-In, First-Out (FIFO).

File Storage

File storage service is the easiest and coolest service that can be used to create network file shares on Azure and access them from anywhere in the world. Server Message Block (SMB) and Common Internet File System(CIFS) are the only protocols that can be used to access these file shares.

How to create Azure Storage Accounts.

To use any Microsoft Azure Storage service, first we have to create a storage account and then we can transfer data to/from a specific service in that storage account. So What is Azure Storage Account?

Azure Storage Account is the basic block of the storage service and it manages access to the storage resources and provides a unique namespace. Azure Storage Account can be created suing powerShell and using Azure CLI (Command Line)

  • To create Microsoft Azure Storage account, navigate toStorage accounts | +Add.
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Now enter Name for Account name, select Deployment mode, select Account kind as standard or Premium. Now we can see four options in the ‘Replication’ dropdown. A copy of the data is kept so that it is durable and available at high speed.

  • Locally redundant Storage.
  • Zone-redundant storage (available for blobs only).
  • Geo-redundant storage.
  • Read-access geo-redundant storage.
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  • Select subscription and resource group. Create new resource group if no resource group is available.
  • Finally click on Create.
azure storage account deployment success message

Now our Azure Data Storage account called ‘tutorialkart’ deployed successfully as shown above.

Navigating to Azure Storage account.

  • Click on the ‘Storage account‘ as shown below.
Azure Storage account

Microsoft Azure Storage services offers four types of storage services as shown below. We can create blobs, tables, queues and Files in the storage account.

Azure Storage account

Conclusion : In this Microsoft Azure tutorial, we have learned about What is Azure Storage and how can we create Azure storage account. In our next Azure tutorial, we will learn how to create different Azure storage services.