Windows Azure Learning Plan – Storage

This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here. This one deals with Storage for  Windows Azure.



Overview and general  information about Windows Azure Storage - what it is, how it works, and where you can learn more.

General Overview Whitepaper (registration of a screen name, but free)

Official Microsoft Site on Azure Storage

Scalability Targets for Azure Storage

Understanding Azure Storage by using the API


Blob Storage is a binary-level "container" that can hold one or more streams of data.

Understanding Block Blobs and Page Blobs

Blob Service Concepts


Tables are key-value-pair type storage, and can be in the terabyte range of size.

Understanding the Table Storage Data Model

Table Service Concepts

Querying Tables and Entities


Queues are actually more table storage - but specifically designed to allow Web and Worker Roles to communicate.

Queue Service Concepts

Queue Service API

Azure Drive

An Azure Drive isn't something you mount over the web (although that's possible to do with a little code) - it's a "local" NTFS drive for Windows Azure Applications.

Windows Azure Drives white paper

Content Delivery Network

An "Edge" network of storage that buffers after the first use by a client.

General Overview

Delivering High-Bandwidth Content with the Windows Azure CDN

Tools and Utilities

Free and not-free tools to work with Azure Storage.

Storage SDK

Benchmarks and Throughput tests

Mount an Azure Drive as an NTFS Drive

Command-line and other tools for working with Azure Storage and 

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