Storage

Azure provides scalable, durable cloud storage, backup and recovery solutions for any data, large and small. It works with the infrastructure you already have to cost-effectively enhance your existing applications and business continuity strategy, and in addition, provides storage required by your cloud applications including unstructured text or binary data such as video, audio and images.

Our storage types are categorized into the following three types: Block Blobs, Page Blobs and Disks, Tables and Queues.

Block Blobs

Block blobs are a scalable and cost-effective way to store large amounts of blob data reliably. Blobs are the simplest way to store large amounts of unstructured text or binary data such as video, audio and images. Blobs are an ISO 27001 certified managed service that can auto scale to meet massive volume. Blobs are accessible from virtually anywhere via REST APIs.

Page Blobs and Disks

Page blobs provide block-storage that is optimized for random access and frequent updates. Because of their high performance, durability and reliability, they are used as persistent disks for VMs in Azure. Disks are VHDs stored in Azure Blobs which can be attached to Azure IaaS VMs as disks.

Tables and Queues

Tables offer NoSQL capabilities for applications that require storage of large amounts of unstructured and semi-structured data. With our client libraries, they are easy to program in your favorite language, including: .net, java, node.js, python and others on Windows and LinuxTables are an ISO 27001 certified managed service which can auto scale to meet massive volumes. Tables are accessible from virtually anywhere via REST APIs.

Queues provides a reliable messaging system that allow implementing scheduling of asynchronous tasks and implement persistent messaging.

We offer three redundancy levels of Storage:

  1. Locally redundant storage: we maintain multiple replicas of data within a single region to provide high durability.
  2. Geographically redundant storage: we provide additional data durability by replicating between two regions hundreds of miles apart within the same geo. In both regions, we maintain multiple replicas of data.
  3. Read-Access Geographically redundant storage: in addition to geographically redundant storage, we provide read-only access to the storage account in the secondary region that will have an eventually consistent copy of the data in the primary storage. Customers can use this service to access their data when the storage account in the primary region is unavailable.

Transferring your Data into Azure

StorSimple cloud-integrated storage

Hybrid cloud storage provides an optimal combination of data control and cloud economics. StorSimple cloud-integrated storage provides an on-premises enterprise-grade storage area network (SAN) that integrates seamlessly with Azure Blob storage to enable unlimited capacity scaling, significantly lower cost of ownership and automated data protection in the cloud.

Azure Import/Export

Azure Import/Export enables you to move large amounts of your data into and out of Azure Blob Storage. Transporting your data from your hard disk drives to Azure is simple and easy. It can be completed by securely shipping your data to our datacenters and Microsoft’s high-speed secure internal network to transfer the data.

Azure Import/Export makes data transfer easy and less costly than buying more bandwidth, saving you time and money.

Currently, Azure Import/Export is available for preview in the United States.

Azure Import/Export can be used for the following scenarios:

  • Data Migration – If you have large amounts of data that you want to upload to Azure, our Import/Export service is often much faster than transferring over the internet.
  • Content Distribution – If you want to send data to your customers, Import/Export makes it easy to transfer data on HDD (Hard Disk Drives) enabling data availability through Azure Blob Storage.
  • Data Recovery – if you want to retrieve large amounts of data stored in Azure Blob Storage, you can use Import/Export to transfer the data to a storage device and have it delivered to you at your desired location.

You need a Azure Subscription to use Import/Export. Click here to activate.

Azure Import/Export is easy, in three steps:

  1. Prepare a 3.5" SATA HDD storage device and encrypt your data with Bitlocker
  2. Ship the drive to Microsoft data center
  3. We receive your drives and upload your information

After the upload is completed, we will ship your drives back to you.

Click here for Import/Export Pricing

Azure ExpressRoute

ExpressRoute gives you a fast and reliable connection to Azure making it suitable for scenarios like periodic data migration, replication for business continuity, disaster recovery and other high availability strategies. It is a cost-effective option for transferring large amounts of data such as datasets for high performance computing applications or moving large VMs between your dev/test environment in Azure and on-premises production environment.

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Azure Copy Tool (AzCopy)

AzCopy is a command line utility which is designed to simplify the task of transferring data in to and out of a Azure Storage account. The factors that come into play when choosing to use the import/export service versus transferring the data using AzCopy are: 1) The total amount of data that needs to be imported/exported 2) The available network bandwidth to the region. Customers can calculate the time it would take to transfer their data over the internet. If it is more than a handful of days and the import/export service is available for their region, then they should consider using Azure Import/Export service. However, for customers already having good peering or for smaller amounts of data, AzCopy tool could instead be used to efficiently import/export data from/to on premise. You can always download latest version from aka.ms/WaCopy or Microsoft download center (Clicks ‘Download’ button and choose “WindowsAzureStorageTools.MSI”)

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