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  1. Add TableStorage LINQ query support for Select, Count and Contains

    Critical functions such as Select, Count and Contains are not currently available when querying TableStorage data.

    If I only want a total number of rows that match a certain criteria I have no choice but to retrieve the data, count it and throw it away.

    Adding support for Select would also help with heavy queries by only returning the data selected from a query.

    Contains would be useful for searching. Using the Compare function is annoying.

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      39 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for the request! We have delivered support for projection (select), which you can read about at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2011/09/15/windows-azure-tables-introducing-upsert-and-query-projection.aspx (along with two extra Update options), allowing you to specify which properties you want included when querying tables. The other features requests are under review.

    • Support secondary Indexes

      Need to be able to sort on something other than the rowkey

      861 votes
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        63 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for the feedback on this feature, and we apologize for the lack of updates. We have not gotten to this feature due to the focus on delivering Disaster Recovery features such as Read-Access Geo-Redundant Storage, IaaS Disks (Page Blobs), along with other features. Our intent is to provide this feature at some point, but we do not have a timeline for when it will be delivered.

      • Provide me with full text search on table storage

        Does what it says on the tin....really need better search capabilities over azure table storage.

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          46 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • make it possible to use SSL on blob storage using custom domains

          Currently you can use SSL but you have to user the standard URL. You can create a CNAME to your storage account but most browsers complain that the traffic was rerouted and is possibly an attack. There should be a way to install a domain certificate to your containers.

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            under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add ability to view Azure Table size/entity count (rows)

            Hi Mike,

            I've created this idea as suggested on the forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsazure/thread/ea18ae29-36a3-42c6-8420-877216efbd42

            One of the big challenges in adopting azure table storage over traditional SQL storage is the ability to know how much data is stored and how it is being used.

            Being able to break size/rows down by partition would be invaluable when trying to modify / optimize Partition & Row keys. (Given data doesn't always grow as we would expect, and new bottlenecks can & will emerge).

            In addition the ability to view the usage data per table / partition would be fantastic.

            Obviously there are ways of…

            295 votes
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              under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support a default blob for Blob storage containers

                Blob storage is, in effect, a big massive scale static web server. THis makes it very suitale for directly serving certain types of static web sites that may be hit by a big spike in load. The one statis web server feature missing that is really hard to work around is a lack of a default document.

                It should be possible to set a single blob in each container as the default blob and this should be returned if the HTTP GET request provides only the container name.

                This would allow
                http://myservice.blob.core.windows.net/
                and
                http://myservice.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer/

                254 votes
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                  under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Azure Control Panel functionality for snapshots or incremental backup

                  I know that data is replicated but that doesn't protect against logical errors, accidental removal by admin or hacker screwing up the data.

                  So I really would like to see this done natively from Azure instead of building my own backup systems like these:
                  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2010/04/30/protecting-your-blobs-against-application-errors.aspx

                  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2010/05/03/protecting-your-tables-against-application-errors.aspx

                  146 votes
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                    under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide Time to live feature for Blobs

                    If I need to provide a user (or external system) some data (blob) which might be outcome of some processing (or other) and it has some expiration time I'd like to just put a new blob and set TTL property with TimeSpan (or set absolute DateTime). When the period is over my blob is deleted. So I don't have to pay for it and don't need to spin up some service for doing it myself.

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                      under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow to upload data to Azure blobs by a classic FTP client

                      Think about the many customers that just want to upload lots of data to a cheap storage somewhere in the cloud by using FTP upload/download.

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                        under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Custom 404 pages for missing blobs

                        Right now the system sends xml to the user if a file isn't found. This isn't very friendly to someone browsing from the web. I would like to have a redirect to a custom url for 404 errors instead of xml.

                        I can see the need for the xml when using the API so perhaps the redirect can be turned off when making the API calls.

                        This is also important so I can track when files are missing.

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                          under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Entity Framework provider for Azure Storage

                          Even if clearly impossible to have all relational features implemented, a mapping between EF entities and Azure Storage tables would be great, as would simplify the migration of the data layer to Azure.

                          88 votes
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                            under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add Support for Lists/Arrays in Azure Tables

                            Azure tables need an option to support lists/arrays for per entity instance.

                            Both Google App Engine (http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/python/datastore/typesandpropertyclasses.html#ListProperty) and Amazon's simpledb both already offer this.

                            It enables an effective way to relate entities without the over head of traditional SQL.

                            81 votes
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                              under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ability to delete from Table Storage by Partition

                              There is no good way to delete multiple entries in Table Storage. All you can do is delete one at a time. For logging tables this can become VERY expensive. It would be great if we had the ability to use Partitions as a way to delete logical groups of data in Table Storage in a single transaction.

                              This would allow for a partitioning scheme for grouping data in units that can easily be deleted. For example, logging data in WADLogsTable or rolling tables of data captured on a given partition can be archived easily and cleaned up.

                              77 votes
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                                under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make StorageClient library more unit test friendly

                                Currently, a developer has to jump through hoops to unit test code written against the StorageClient library. There is no official guidance for unit testing your apps, and after looking around for what others were doing I settled on creating custom interfaces and objects that wrap the library like the guys did with: http://cloudstorageapi.codeplex.com/.

                                How about making official interfaces for the library and providing us with an testing-oriented in-memory implementation that we can use to immediatly begin unit testing our apps without any hassle.

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                                  under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Storage Emulator with storage transaction counting and billing simulation.

                                  This enhancement would help to estimate production runtime costs and catch issues like excessive queue polling during development.

                                  55 votes
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                                    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support "skip" in Azure Table

                                    MSDN says the "take" operator is only supported for the first 1,000 rows...

                                    I need to access row number 5,000 in a highly partitioned storage layout. Support for "skip" is a requirement if we are to continue development.

                                    54 votes
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                                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Upload Zip, Have Azure unzip to blob storage

                                      Azure blob storage is great for hosting lots of small files like those needed to support DeepZoom or Pivot. However, uploading thousands of small files one-by-one is very slow. It would be great if I could upload a zip file and have Azure unzip it into blob storage. Zip compression might also help reduce the upload bandwidth in certain situations.

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                                        under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make javascript library for Blobs and Tables

                                        It would only require one server side call to obtain SAS(Shared Access Signatures) to get access.

                                        The library could also support parallel uploading for fast uploads!

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                                          2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Extend Windows Explorer so that it integrates with Windows Azure Storage

                                          Why pay for 3rd party tools when we could use a built-in Windows application? Windows Explorer is the most natural way to utilize the storage services of Windows Azure. Drag and drop files to copy them between the local file system and blob storage; use a custom view to display/edit tabular data in table storage and messages in queue storage.

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                                            under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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