If you’re an organization with vast amounts of infrequently accessed storage, typically measured in the hundreds of terabytes, then Microsoft’s Azure hasn’t always been the most economical. That’s all changing, as the company is now offering Azure Cool Blob Storage for as little as $.01 per GB.
Cool data refers to that data which is not very frequently accessed, such as backups, media content, scientific data, compliance and archival data. Cool Blob Storage is Microsoft’s term for cool object data and includes anything that’s stored for a long time and is access fewer than once a month.
- Cost effective: You can now store your less frequently accessed data in the Cool access tier at a low storage cost (as low as $0.01 per GB in some regions), and your more frequently accessed data in the Hot access tier at a lower access cost. For more details on regional pricing, see Azure Storage Pricing.
- Compatibility: We have designed Blob storage accounts to be 100% API compatible with our existing Blob storage offering which allows you to make use of the new storage accounts in existing applications seamlessly.
- Performance: Data in both access tiers have a similar performance profile in terms of latency and throughput.
- Availability: The Hot access tier guarantees high availability of 99.9% while the Cool access tier offers a slightly lower availability of 99%. With the RA-GRS redundancy option, we provide a higher read SLA of 99.99% for the Hot access tier and 99.9% for the Cool access tier.
- Durability: Both access tiers provide the same high durability that you have come to expect from Azure Storage and the same data replication options that you use today.
- Scalability and Security: Blob storage accounts provide the same scalability and security features as our existing offering.
Global reach: Blob storage accounts are available for use starting today in most Azure regions with additional regions coming soon. You can find the updated list of available regions on the Azure Services by Regions page.
Going forward, this new option makes Azure more competitive with Amazon’s AWS and Google’s cloud storage offerings. Obviously, the move is intended for business and other organizations that store massive amounts of infrequently-accessed data. The new storage options should help Microsoft continue its growth in the ever-lucrative cloud services market.
Check out the Azure blog post for more information on Azure Storage partner offerings. And you can get started with Azure Cool Blob Storage by heading over to the documentation.Further reading: Azure, Azure Cool Blob Storage, Cloud, Cloud Services, Cloud Storage, Microsoft