How do you create a website that allows visitors to store photos and videos? How do you store the information of your customers? Although you could store binary data within a database, that is not the best option. You could instead opt for cloud storage.
Microsoft’s Azure platform is one of many cloud storage providers. This purpose-built service is called blob storage. Today we will show you how to create blob containers within Azure.
What is a Blob?
Before we talk about creating blob storage boxes in Azure, let’s first define what a Blob is. The term “blob” might seem confusing if you’re new to Azure. Let’s now discuss what a “blob” is. A blob can be either a binary or text object. It’s a file otherwise. Instead of being called “file storage”, Azure calls it “blob storage”.
Microsoft also offers file storage containers. Blob storage is used for unstructured data. It doesn’t make any distinction about what files can be saved. You can save videos, images, CSV files and other data. You can save all files to a blob storage box, and they are not associated with any other files.
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Start trainingA blob container in Azure is nothing but a ‘container’ that you can store random files. It’s similar to how you use your junk drawer in the kitchen to store random things. Blob storage containers can be accessed programmatically, and access controlled, unlike your junk drawer.
How to create Blob Containers in Azure
It is easy to create blob storage boxes in Azure. There are many ways to create Azure blob storage containers. You could programmatically create storage containers. This is useful in an automated environment. To fulfill the purpose of this article, we will create a blob storage box through the Azure web dashboard.
Log in to your Azure account via the Azure web portal. Once you have logged in to your account, click on “Storage Accounts” from the left-hand navigation. Next, click on the “Add” button at the top left of the Storage Accounts page. Now, we will create a new Storage Account.
A Storage Account is similar to an AWS S3 bucket, for those who are more familiar with AWS.
Next, we will configure the information for the new Storage Account. Azure will take you to the page to create a Storage Account. The top of this page has four tabs that have settings.
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Select your Subscription type and Resource group from the ‘Basics” tab. Most people will choose the “Pay-as you-go” subscription. To create a new resource, click the link under the Resource Group dropdown box.
Next, give your storage account a name in the Storage Account Name field. Next, choose your storage account location.
There are two factors that will affect the location of your storage account. First, your storage account should be located as close as possible to you and your customers or users. You can reduce latency by removing as much distance between yourself and your storage container (or between your customers and your storage containers) that is not within your reach.
Other settings on the Basic tab can be changed if desired. You can change the Performance parameter to Premium if you require faster storage. The default Account Kind is StorageV2. This storage model works for blob files. Keep the default settings, unless you change your storage account type.
You can also set up tags and more advanced settings for your new storage account. However, for the purposes this article, we will not be able to do so. These are not required for creating a new Azure storage account. S