Announcing larger, higher scale storage accounts

Posted on 20 September, 2017

Principal Program Manager, Azure Storage

One of the fastest areas of growth in cloud computing is around data storage. With a variety of workloads such as IoT telemetry, logging, media, genomics and archival driving cloud data growth, the need for scalable capacity, bandwidth, and transactions for storing and analyzing data for business insights, is more important than ever.

Up to 10x increase to Blob storage account scalability

We are excited to announce improvements in the capacity and scalability of standard Azure storage accounts, which greatly improves your experience building cloud-scale applications using Azure Storage. Effective immediately, Azure Blob storage accounts can support the following larger limits:

 

Resource

New Limit

Max capacity for Blob storage accounts

5PB (10x increase)

Max TPS/IOPS for Blob storage accounts

50K (2.5x increase)

Max ingress for Blob storage accounts

50Gbps (2.5-10x increase)

Max egress for Blob storage accounts

50Gbps (2.5-5x increase)

These new limits apply to both new and existing Blob storage accounts. You can continue to leverage all of your favorite features in these storage accounts at-scale, without any changes required. The new limits are available for all commercial clouds. We plan to raise limits similarly for Government and National clouds in the near future. Stay tuned for more information!

Please contact Azure Support to get your Blob storage accounts raised to these new limits for storage capacity, TPS/IOPS, ingress or egress. We are also actively working to increase these numbers even further, so contact us even if your workload requires even higher capacity.

Frequently asked questions

1. What if I need higher ingress or egress, or capacity limits for standard General Purpose accounts?

If you have an immediate need for more capacity, or ingress or egress for General Purpose storage accounts, you can make a request with Azure Support to raise limits and the request will be evaluated and responded to.

2. Do the new limits apply only to Blob Storage?

The new limits specified on Blob storage accounts apply only to Blob Storage. The increase to General Purpose storage accounts does, however, apply to all services at the account level. Other service-specific limits such as File share sizes and Queue TPS/IOPS will continue to apply.

3. Will I be able to apply the new limits for Disk traffic?

We recommend that you use Managed Disks since that already handles scalability of disks for your VM.

4. What are the differences between Azure Blob Storage and Azure Data Lake Store?

For a comparison of Azure Blob Storage and Azure Data Lake Storage, please visit the Comparing Azure Data Lake Store and Azure Blob Storage article.

For further details on scalability targets, please visit our Azure Storage scalability documentation. We are excited to help you build and scale out your applications. Please let us know how we can further assist.