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How and why to use blob storage in Azure
When it comes to building applications on the public cloud, you’re spoiled for storage. You’ve got SQL, NoSQL, graph databases, document databases, and even good old-fashioned file systems. Choosing the right storage is usually a simple decision, because familiar databases and file systems are only a click in a console away.Much of how you think of about storage is dictated by the on-premises world, where you needed to consider the underlying architecture and the servers you use for applications. There, licensing economics often dictated using existing SQL storage, using the same database to hold everything from product data to images, and even videos. But with the advent of the public cloud, and services like Azure, aggregated storage stopped being necessary. Instead of one store and a file system for all your code, you have the option of using specific optimized stores that handled one type of content—and handle it well. Part of that transition was led by the NoSQL stores, with quick key-value lookups and no need for complex relational structures. With cloud services, economics drive technology choices for both users and providers, and what had been monolithic structures have been broken up and delivered as individual services.
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