Introducing Microsoft Azure File Service

We are excited to announce the preview of the Microsoft Azure File service. The Azure File service exposes file shares using the standard SMB 2.1 protocol. Applications running in Azure can now easily share files between VMs using standard and familiar file system APIs like ReadFile and WriteFile. In addition, the files can also be…

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AzCopy – Uploading/Downloading files for Windows Azure Blobs

One of the frequent requests we receive is for a simple way to upload or download files between Windows Azure Blob Storage and their local file system. We’re pleased to release AzCopy (Beta Version), which is a command line utility which allows Windows Azure Storage customers to do just that. The utility is designed to…

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AzCopy – Using Cross Account Copy Blob

You can always download latest version from aka.ms/AzCopy. New features have been added in this release Support of Cross-Account Copy Blob: AzCopy allows you to copy blobs within same storage accounts or between different storage accounts (visit this blog post for more details on cross account blob copy). This enables you move blobs from one…

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Introducing Storage Client Library 2.1 RC for .NET and Windows Phone 8

We are pleased to announce the public availability of 2.1 Release Candidate (RC) build for the storage client library for .NET and Windows Phone 8. The 2.1 release includes expanded feature support, which this blog will detail. Why RC? We have spent significant effort in releasing the storage clients on a more frequent cadence as…

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Understanding Windows Azure Storage Billing – Bandwidth, Transactions, and Capacity

We get questions about how to estimate how much Windows Azure Storage will cost in order to understand how to best build a cost effective application. In this post we will give some insight into this question for the three types of storage costs – Bandwidth, Transactions and Capacity. When using Windows Azure Blobs, Tables…

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Using SMB to Share a Windows Azure Drive among multiple Role Instances

UPDATED 11/17/11 with a high availability sample We often get questions from customers about how to share a drive with read-write access among multiple role instances. A common scenario is that of a content repository for multiple web servers to access and store content. An Azure drive is similar to a traditional disk drive in…

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Windows Azure Storage Release – Introducing CORS, JSON, Minute Metrics, and More

We are excited to announce the availability of a new storage version 2013-08-15 that provides various new functionalities across Windows Azure Blobs, Tables and Queues. With this version, we are adding the following major features: 1. CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing): Windows Azure Blobs, Tables and Queues now support CORS to enable users to access/manipulate…

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Persisting connections to Microsoft Azure Files

We recently blogged about our preview release of Azure Storage Files here. The post contained information on Azure Files, how to get started by applying for preview and explained some tools that we have to help you create the share and transfer data. This post will concentrate on how you can create a persistent connection…

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Introducing Asynchronous Cross-Account Copy Blob

We are excited to introduce some changes to the Copy Blob API with 2012-02-12 version that allows you to copy blobs between storage accounts. This enables some interesting scenarios like: Backup your blobs to another storage account without having to retrieve the content and saving it yourself Migrate your blobs from one account to another…

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Windows Azure Storage Client Library 2.0 Tables Deep Dive

This blog post serves as an overview to the recently released Windows Azure Storage Client for .Net and the Windows Runtime. In addition to the legacy implementation shipped in versions 1.x that is based on DataServiceContext, we have also provided a more streamlined implementation that is optimized for common NoSQL scenarios. Note, if you are…

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