Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage

Last updated on April 24, 2019.

Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Microsoft cloud platform. Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft data centers.

Azure Blob Storage is one of the Data services that Microsoft provides from the Azure platform.

The credentials for the provider can be found under Settings > Access Keys. The Storage account name is the account user name and one of the keys (i.e. key1 Key or key2 Key) is used as the account key.

You can choose to add the Azure Blob Storage Service to your existing Storage Made Easy Account (got to Home→My Dashboard tab and choose Add new Provider Link) or you can sign up for a new free Storage Made Easy account. In either case you will need to enter your Azure authentication details at the first step of the wizard.

After you enter your authentication details you will be taken to a screen where you can   choose which containers you wish to add to your Account. You will also need to choose the default container where uploads will be stored By default Storage Made Easy offers the ability to created a new container but you can check the round box to the left of the container to choose an existing one.

After your authentication has been verified you will be required to sync your metadata to create your cloud view within the File Fabric.

Enabling containers post install

If you add containers later to your Blob Storage Account you can go the provider setting page (My AccountProvidersAzure Settings) for your Azure Cloud Storage.   From here you can update your containers or add new containers.

You can access the Windows Azure settings after login from the web by clicking on My Account from the sidebar and choosing the Providers tab and then the Azure Cloud Settings link.

From here you can:

Refresh your Cloud Files view: Useful if you added files to Azure from outside of Storage Made Easy. This will resync the file meta information and the files will then be visible in your account.

Master Source: Unless you have a reason to, you should leave this as the default. Setting Azure to be the master will mean that no matter what you do with your data within Storage Made Easy (in terms of moving it around) on the next resync the Azure view will be re-created for your files.

Chunking: Chunking enables you to breakdown files into smaller chunks on upload. You should only use these settings if your Cloud Provider limits the files size on upload. The maximum file upload size for a single file on Azure is 4GB.

Password: If you change your Azure key information you will need to change it here also to enable Storage Made Easy to access the Azure account.

Manage Buckets / Containers: This option enables you to change the default container. This is he default container that will be used for all uploads via Storage Made Easy.   You can also choose to add new containers that can be used in your account.

Add Bucket/Container: Enables you to add a new Azure Container

Remove this provider: Deletes the Azure provider from within Storage Made Easy and removes all the meta information. Your files on Azure are not affected.

Azure may limit the rate at which it processes requests. This page: File Fabric Handling of Rate-Limiting Storage Providers explains how the File Fabric responds to rate limiting.

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