Different Azure Storage Services and Azure Storage Accounts

Azure as a PaaS (Platform as a Service) offers different options for storage. In this article, we discuss what are the different storage services and different storage accounts available in Azure.

There are four different storage services that Azure offers and each one of these has different capabilities and limitations.

  1. Azure Storage Tables: This allows you to store NoSQL data in the cloud.
  2. Azure Queue Storage: This allows you to store different kinds of data in Queue.
  3. Azure Blob Storage: It allows you to store unstructured data as blobs in Azure.
  4. Azure Files: It stores different kind of files in the Azure.

We will discuss in-detail about of each these services in our next articles.

There are three types of storage accounts available in Azure.

Standard: It supports Azure tables, Queues, blobs (block blobs, append blobs, and page blobs), and Azure files storage. It offers reasonable performance and supports all types of data. Azure standard storage account supports 500 I/O operations per second and throughput 50 MB/sec. It uses magnetic disks for storage.

Premium: It supports only Page blobs and provides better performance compared to Standard. It offers 500 I/O operations per second and throughput 100 MB/sec. That means Azure Premium account offers twice the throughput as compared with Standard. Azure Premium uses SSD disks for better performance and highly recommended for VM’s where we need quick access to the data stored on the disks.

Azure Blob storage with hot/cool access tiers: It supports only block blobs and append blobs.

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