Storage is a process through which digital data is saved within a data storage device by means of computing technology. It is a mechanism that enables a computer to retain data, either temporarily or permanently. This may also be referred as computer data storage or electronic data storage.
Azure Storage is Microsoft’s cloud storage solutions for modern data storage scenarios. Azure Storage offers a massively scalable object store for data objects, a file system service for the cloud.
Azure Storage is:
- Durable and highly available: Repetition ensures that one’s data is safe in the event of consistent hardware failures. One can chose to rewrite data across data centers or geographical regions for additional protections from local catastrophe or natural disaster
- Secure: All data written to Azure Storage is encrypted by the service. Azure Storage provides you with fine-grained control over who has access to your data.
- Scalable: Azure Storage is designed to be massively scalable to meet the data storage and performance needs of today’s applications.
- Managed: Microsoft Azure handles maintenance and any critical problems for us.
- Accessible: Data in Azure Storage is accessible from anywhere in the world over HTTP or HTTPs. Azure Storage supports scription in Azure Power Shell or Azure CLI and the Azure portal and Azure Storage Explorer offer easy visual solutions for working with the data.
Azure Standard Storage:
Azure Standard Storage delivers reliable, low-cost disk support for VMs running latency-insensitive workloads. It also supports blobs, tables, queues, and files.
Standard Storage Features:
- Standard Storage: Azure Standard Storage supports Azure Disks, Azure Blobs, Azure Files, Azure Tables, and Azure Queues.
- Standard Storage Disks: Standard Storage Disks can be attached to all Azure VMs including size-series VMs used with Premium Storage such as the DSv2 and GS series. A standard storage disk can only be attached to one VM.
- Storage page blob: Standard page blobs are used to hold persistent disks for VMs and can also be accessed directly through REST like other types of Azure Blobs.
- Storage Replication: In most regions, data in a standard storage account can be reproduced locally across multiple data centers. The four types of replication available are:
- Locally-Redundant Storage(LRS)
- Zone-Redundant Storage(ZRS)
- Geo-Redundant Storage(GEO)
- Read Access Geo-Redundant Storage(RA-GRS)