Azure Blob Storage
Massively scalable and secure object storage for cloud-native workloads, archives, data lakes, high-performance computing, and machine learning
Store and access unstructured data at scale
Azure Blob Storage helps you create data lakes for your analytics needs, and provides storage to build powerful cloud-native and mobile apps. Optimize costs with tiered storage for your long-term data, and flexibly scale up for high-performance computing and machine learning workloads.
Scalable, durable, and available
Sixteen nines of designed durability with geo-replication and flexibility to scale as needed
Authentication with Azure Active Directory and role-based access control (RBAC), plus encryption at rest and advanced threat protection
Optimized for data lakes
File namespace and multi-protocol access support enabling analytics workloads for data insights
Comprehensive data management
End-to-end lifecycle management, policy-based access control, and immutable (WORM) storage
Build powerful cloud-native applications
Blob storage is built from the ground up to support the scale, security, and availability needs of mobile, web, and cloud-native application developers. Use it as a cornerstone for serverless architectures such as Azure Functions. Blob storage supports the most popular development frameworks, including Java, .NET, Python, and Node.js, and is the only cloud storage service that offers a premium, SSD-based object storage tier for low-latency and interactive scenarios.
Store petabytes of data, cost-effectively
With multiple storage tiers and automated lifecycle management, store massive amounts of infrequently or rarely accessed data in a cost-efficient way. Replace your tape archives with Blob storage and never worry about migrating across hardware generations.
Build powerful data lakes
Azure Data Lake Storage is a highly scalable and cost-effective data lake solution for big data analytics. It combines the power of a high-performance file system with massive scale and economy to help you speed your time to insight. Data Lake Storage extends Azure Blob Storage capabilities and is optimized for analytics workloads.
Scale up for HPC or out for billions of IoT devices
Blob storage meets the demanding, high-throughput requirements of HPC applications while providing the scale necessary to support storage for billions of data points flowing in from IoT endpoints.
Built-in data security
- Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
- We employ more than 3,500 security experts dedicated to data security and privacy.
- Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.
Flexible pricing including reserved options to meet your cloud storage needs
Choose from four storage tiers based on how often you expect to access the data. Store performance-sensitive data in Premium, frequently accessed data in Hot, infrequently accessed data in Cool, and rarely accessed data in Archive. Save significantly by reserving storage capacity.
Get started with Azure Blob Storage
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Trusted by companies of all sizes
Mike Dunlop, President and Founder, Net-Inspect
"Azure Blob Storage just works perfectly from an operational standpoint. It allows us to do some things that make our development faster and seamless. We're constantly developing applications in the test environment, which is just simple."
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"Azure turned out to be perfect for solving our image storage problems. Azure Storage provided effectively limitless storage with read-accessible geo-replication, so we could deliver increased capability and resilience that was cost-effective."
Frequently asked questions about Azure Blob Storage
A blob is a binary, large object and a storage option for any type of data that you want to store in a binary format. Learn about blob types.
A region is a set of datacenters deployed within a latency-defined parameter and connected through a dedicated, regional, low-latency network. Learn more.
You can take advantage of the Data Transfer tool in the Azure portal or compare different data transfer options.
Data in Azure Storage is encrypted and decrypted transparently using 256-bit AES encryption and is FIPS 140-2 compliant. Learn more about Azure Storage encryption.
Set your default account tier in the Azure portal. The Archive tier is available to GPv2 and Blob storage accounts and only available for individual block blobs and append blobs. Read more in the storage account overview.