Azure storage types

In this Azure tutorial, we will discuss Azure storage types. Apart from this, we will also discuss on the topics

Microsoft Azure storage types
  • Azure storage type for VM

Azure storage types

Before discussing the types of Azure storage, check out a little bit about the Azure Storage Account.

To create a storage account in the Azure portal, you can refer to my article on Create Storage Account.

Below are the lists of Azure storage types

  • File
  • Blob
  • Queue
  • Disks
  • Table
Azure storage types

Azure File storage

This storage feature offers regular file shares in the cloud or on-premises environments.

The Azure file storage features use the standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

This storage is also designed to support the file shares between the virtual machines or can store files there that can be accessed from different Virtual Machines.

This acts like a local file share. It is a great solution for moving your local file shares to the cloud as well as “lifting and shifting” data to the cloud.

Azure Blob storage

Azure Blob storage allows the storage of unstructured data. We can store massive data like text files, images, audio, videos, media files, application installers, etc.

These data can be accessed from any place via protocols like HTTP or HTTPS.

Azure Blob storage allows for storing data for disaster recovery, backup and archiving, videos for streaming, and storing data for shared access.

Types of Azure Blob Storage

There are three types of Azure blob storage

Azure Blob storage types

Block Blobs storage

These are small blocks with unique IDS. One block blob can contain up to 50,000 blocks.

Append Blobs storage

We cannot update or delete any existing blocks. In Block Blobs storage, unique IDs are not kept secret, but Here, all the unique IDs are kept secret.

Page Blobs storage

The maximum size of a page blob is 8 TB.

Azure Queue storage

Azure Queue storage is a service that can store large numbers of messages that can be accessed from anywhere in the world using HTTP or HTTPS.

The size of a queue message can be up to 64 KB

Azure Disks storage

This is a virtual hard disk that behaves almost similarly to a physical hard disk.

Azure Disks storage is of two types

  • Managed
  • Unmanaged
Azure Disks storage type

In the case of managed disk storage, we can have one storage account for each Azure region.

In the case of Unmanaged disk storage, We need to have storage accounts that can hold the disk for the Azure virtual machine.

There are four types of managed disks

  • Ultra SSD Managed Disks
  • Premium SSD Managed Disks
  • Standard SSD Managed Disks
  • Standard HDD Managed Disks

Azure Table storage

The Azure Table storage allows the storage of structured data. It stores NoSQL data.

This service allows for the storage of structured, non-relational data.

Azure storage type for VM

Let’s discuss here the Azure storage types for the virtual machine.

Microsoft provides three types of storage for the virtual machine

  • Standard HDD Storage
  • Standard SSD Storage
  • Premium SSD Storage

Standard HDD Storage

  • Standard HDD Storage is like a traditional hard disk model and is offered as unmanaged Standard HDD storage.
  • For standard HDD storage, Microsoft charges based on the amount of storage consumed.

Standard SSD Storage

  • Standard SSD storage is like Solid State Storage and is offered as Managed disks.
  • For Standard SSD storage, Microsoft charges based on the amount of storage allocated.

Premium SSD Storage

  • Premium SSD storage is also like Solid State Storage.
  • Only Premium Storage capable virtual machines support attaching Premium SSD Storage to them.

One important thing you need to keep in mind is that all Managed disk is charged by the amount of space allocated, but the Unmanaged HDD storage is only charged for the amount of space consumed.

These are the four types of Azure storage provided by Microsoft in case of the virtual machines.


Is Azure storage account iaas or paas

Answer: Iaas, as per the Microsoft documentation.

An Azure storage account has to be created before using Azure storage files or blobs.

Answer: True

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In this tutorial, we learned the following things:

  • Azure Storage Account
  • Azure storage type for VM

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