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Managing Microsoft Hybrid Clouds by Marcel van den Berg

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Microsoft Azure Storage

In this section, we will have a look at storage of Microsoft Azure. The storage service is named Microsoft Azure Storage.

Azure Storage is built using just a bunch of disks (JBOD) arrays with disk controllers running in software. You could see this as software-defined storage. Azure storage can be accessed directly using a URL. So, even when no virtual machines are used by a customer, storage can still be accessed. This kind of publishing data can be compared to, for example, CIFS shares on certain enterprise storage arrays. The storage arrays can directly present file shares to Windows servers or Windows desktops; there is no need to have a Windows server in-between the client and storage layer.

Azure Storage is very scalable. ...

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