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General availability: Azure cool blob storage in additional regions

Posted on 2 november, 2016

Program Manager, Azure Storage

Azure Blob storage accounts with hot and cool storage tiers are generally available in six new regions: US East, US West, Germany Central, Germany Northeast, Australia Southeast and Brazil South. You can find the updated list of available regions on the Azure services by region page.

Blob storage accounts are specialized storage accounts for storing your unstructured data as blobs (objects) in Azure Storage. With Blob storage accounts, you can choose between hot and cool storage tiers to store your less frequently accessed (cool) data at a lower storage cost, and store more frequently accessed (hot) data at a lower access cost.

Customers in the new regions can take advantage of the cost benefits of the cool storage tier for storing backup data, media content, scientific data, active archival data—and in general, any data that is less frequently accessed. For details on how to start using this feature, please see our getting-started documentation.

For details on regional pricing, see the Azure Storage pricing page.