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Microsoft Azure Data Storage

Data Storage

SQL Database

A relational database-as-a-service that makes tier-1 capabilities easily accessible
• Scalable to thousands of databases
• Predictable performance you can dial up or down
• Availability—backed by replicas and an uptime SLA
• Data protection via auditing, restore, and geo-replication
• Programmatic DBA-like functionality for efficient DevOps
• Self-managed for near-zero maintenance

SQL Database

A relational database-as-a-service that makes tier-1 capabilities easily accessible
• Scalable to thousands of databases
• Predictable performance you can dial up or down
• Availability—backed by replicas and an uptime SLA
• Data protection via auditing, restore, and geo-replication
• Programmatic DBA-like functionality for efficient DevOps
• Self-managed for near-zero maintenance

Build SaaS applications that support massive scale

Developers building software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications can use Azure SQL Database to provide flexibility to support both explosive growth and profitable business models. For workloads with unpredictable database resource consumption, the elastic database model gives you the ability to pool resources to use among a group of databases. Instead of overprovisioning to meet peak demand, you can use an elastic database pool to let hundreds or thousands of databases use resources within a budget that you control. You can drive cost efficiencies with a purchase model that lets you maintain control over price and performance across a group of databases.

Easily manage massive numbers of databases

Simple management tasks become complicated when you scale to thousands of databases, and that’s the challenge of explosive growth. As the business grows, SaaS developers spend countless hours writing complex logic to handle schema changes and other administrative operations. With elastic databases, life becomes easier. You take a script, submit it as a job, and SQL Database does the rest to perform the script across many databases. Elastic database tools simplify building and managing applications that scale across lots of databases, so building applications against a single database or thousands of databases is just as easy using familiar T-SQL and ADO.NET programming models. You can also run centralized query operations like reporting and data extractions spanning many databases, returning a single unified result set.

Gain 25% more Premium performance

Backed by the power and presence of Azure, high-throughput applications can take advantage of the latest version which delivers 25% more Premium database power. Additionally, internal tests over 600 million rows of data show up to 100x query performance improvements when applying the in-memory columnstore technology. SQL Database service tiers enable applications to easily scale up or down for predictable performance on each database.

Streamline business continuity for your critical applications

Gain peace of mind about data availability with built-in replicas and a competitive 99.99%* Microsoft-backed SLA at the database level. Enjoy more application continuity and protection against catastrophic events with built-in continuity options across service tiers, now with as much as 360x lower disaster recovery objectives. Active geo-replication allows you to create up to 4 readable secondaries in any Azure region and control when and where to failover. Gain more control over “oops recovery” with self-service restore, which offers you control over data restoration from available data backups. Up to 35 days of backups are available to you for recovery.

Enjoy near-zero maintenance through a self-managed service

Remove virtually all infrastructure maintenance with SQL Database, which provides automatic software patching as part of the service. Meanwhile, built-in system replicas using the quorum writes technique help deliver inherent data protection, database uptime, and system stability, which means fewer hassles for developers and architects. System replicas are automatically moved to new computers, which are provisioned on the fly as old ones fail.

Drive productivity through support for familiar functionality, tools, and platforms

With a near-complete SQL Server programmable surface area, you can more easily migrate on-premises SQL Server applications to Azure to help drive down datacenter costs and improve IT productivity. Available in preview, full-text search allows fast and flexible indexing for keyword-based querying of text data stored in tables. Drive DevOps tasks such as scale out or business continuity using programmatic APIs for streamlined management as you scale to hundreds or thousands of databases. SQL Database offers a choice of management tools—REST APIs, PowerShell, the Azure portal with HTML5 support, or SQL Server Management Studio—and supports a choice of popular platforms and technologies, including .NET, Java, PHP, Ruby on Rails, and Node.js. With Visual Studio integration, enjoy seamless development online or offline and across on-premises and cloud-designed apps.

Enable security and compliance-related tasks

SQL Database offers a portfolio of security features to help you further meet organizational or industry-mandated compliance policies. Streamline compliance-related tasks, and gain knowledge about activities taking place within your database with Auditing, which tracks and logs events that occur on your database. You can also implement policies at the database level to help limit access to sensitive data with Row-Level Security, Dynamic Data Masking, and Transparent Data Encryption for Azure SQL Database. Also, SQL Database is verified by key cloud auditors as part of the scope of key Azure compliance certifications and approvals such as HIPAA BAA, ISO/IEC 27001:2005, FedRAMP, and E.U. Model Clauses.

Blend service tiers for innovative designs

SQL Database is offered in different service tiers to support lightweight to heavyweight database workloads, so you can move across or blend tiers for innovative application designs. With the power and reach of Azure, you can mix-and-match Azure services with SQL Database to meet your unique modern app design needs, drive cost and resource efficiencies, and unlock new business opportunities. Visit the SQL Database pricing page for details.


Reliable, economical cloud storage for data big and small
• Manage petabytes of storage
• Geo-redundant storage across hundreds of miles
• Fastest performance in the industry
• Industry standard SMB file sharing across VMs
• Pay for what you use with competitive pricing
• REST, .NET, Java, C++, node.js, PowerShell and more

Blobs, Tables, Queues, and Files

Azure Storage provides the flexibility to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents and media files with Azure Blobs; structured nosql based data with Azure Tables; reliable messages with Azure Queues, and use SMB based Azure Files for migrating on-premises applications to the cloud.

Premium Storage

Premium Storage delivers high-performance, low-latency disk support for I/O intensive workloads running on Azure Virtual Machines. You can attach several Premium Storage disks to a virtual machine (VM). With Premium Storage, your applications can have up to 64 TB of storage per VM and achieve 80,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) and 2,000 MB per second disk throughput per VM with extremely low latencies for read operations. Premium Storage is currently available only for storing data on disks used by Azure Virtual Machines.


Highly scalable

Azure Storage keeps up with your growing data needs, with up to 500 TB of total storage per account. A single subscription supports up to 50 storage accounts, delivering petabytes of storage for the largest scenarios. Whether you’re building a consumer site or a terabyte-scale big data application, Azure is designed to handle it.


Durable & highly available

Azure storage automatically replicates your data to help guard against unexpected hardware failures and make sure it’s available when you need it. We keep 3 copies within a single region. A geo-redundancy option creates 3 additional copies hundreds of miles away for higher availability and disaster recovery.

Designed for developers

Build apps with first class client library support for .NET, Java, Android, C++, and Node.js. Data in Azure Storage is also accessible via REST API, which can be called by any language that makes HTTP/HTTPS requests. Azure Storage includes strong consistency guarantees, simplifying cloud application development and enabling predictable experiences for applications built on Azure.

Global reach

Azure Storage is available in 19 regions across 4 continents. Put your files where it makes the most business sense. Scale up or across data centers as needed and keep data geographically closer to your customers for faster access and better performance.

Cost effective

Pay only for what you use, at a cost lower than on-premises storage options. Our competitive price matching policy also means you’re always getting a great deal on cloud storage.

Create your first Storage account

Creating a Storage account is easy and takes only a few clicks.

Create using the Management Portal
1. Click Create New, click Storage, and then click Quick Create
2. Under URL, enter a subdomain name
3. Under Location/Affinity Group, select a region
4. Select a data replication option
5. Click Create Storage Account – and you’re good to go!