Integrating your storage by using Microsoft cloud services gives you access to a broad range of services and cloud platform options
Faster configuration for high availability and disaster recovery
No storage hardware to purchase
Built-in plumbing provided by Microsoft's cloud offerings
Elasticity to scale up and down your storage demands
No storage hardware to maintain or upgrade
Built-in plumber to maintain and improve infrastructure
Accelerate access to commonly used data by storing it in a high-speed cache.
Grant permission to multiple users to allow access to data in cloud storage.
Store, move, or delete internal or external bulk data.
Upload, collaborate, and run application code files in the cloud.
Store copies of internal or external data offsite in multiple cloud locations.
Create a single point of publication for internal or external messages.
Create storage for telemetry ingestion from websites, apps, and devices.
Store and serve video content to customers or organization users.
Leverage multiple storage accounts for greater scalability, either for increased size (> 100 TB) or for more throughput (> 5,000 operations per second).
Design the ability for adding additional storage accounts as a configuration change, not as a code change.
Carefully select partitioning functions for table storage to enable the desired scale in terms of insert and query performance.
Choose short column names for table properties as the metadata (property names) are stored in-band (the column names also count towards the maximum row size of 1 MB).
When possible, batch operations into storage.
Aggressively cache information in the configuration database into a distributed cache.
If application performance or reliability is dependent on having a certain segment of data available in the cache, your application should refuse incoming requests until the cache has been pre-populated.
Partition the data in either vertically (by table) or horizontally (segment table across multiple shards) to spread the load across multiple databases.
Allow you to create your own storage solution from scratch.
Requires programming using the REST APIs.
Provide the ultimate in customization and flexibility.
Use existing services as a starting point for your storage solution.
Require some configuration or coding.
Can be customized to fit your needs.
Use prepackaged solutions immediately
Are ready to go, bundled with existing services
Provide limited customization