Azure Blob Storage

Azure Blob storage is a feature of Microsoft Azure. It allows users to store large amounts of unstructured data on Microsoft's data storage platform. In this case, Blob stands for Binary Large Object, which includes objects such as images and multimedia files. These are known as unstructured data because they don't follow any particular data model.

While Azure data storage is generally associated with data lakes and analytics, Azure Blob storage is more focused on common storage purposes. In other words, it  includes objects which personal users would be used to storing, such as photos, videos, and documents. On an enterprise level, the amount of these files, as well as log files and backups is considerably higher, hence the need for Azure. 

Blob storage for an organization, for example, would mean keeping backups of previous versions of a site and its content and images, which would need to be accessible from different locations. By using Azure data storage, a company can make this material easier and quicker to access compared to it being kept on a single-location server.

With Azure Blob storage, the files (photos, videos, training documents, etc.), which are known as blobs, are put in containers which function similar to directories. These are then linked to the storage account. When creating the address to give access to a file in Azure data storage, it will simply join the storage account and the location of the blob. The address will be in a .net format.

One of the big advantages for businesses is that Azure Blob storage allows them to collect all of their content assets in one place. These will then be available all across their different departments and internationally. The speed, scalability, ease of access, and security (both from accidents and criminals) make such cloud storage very attractive for all mid-sized and large organizations.

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