Implement FILESTREAM for blobs into Azure Blob Store
Storing blobs in the database is fairly pointless when you have a dedicated blob store. Implement the FILESTREAM protocol to store blobs in a user's azure storage
Create a table in sql azure that maps to Azure blob storage. That way we can virtually query against blob storage and have foreign keys to blobs. Ex: table of Assets and blob storage table of Asset Photo with a foreign key between the two.
This would reduce costs for those who store files inside their sql server 2008 databases when migrating from on-premise scenarios.
We understand the scenario here and would love to enable. While this isn’t something that’s on the road map, it is something that we are working on.
a great think about storing files with filestream is to use the same database transaction all over the code and don't care if something goes wrong, because you can just rollback.
Brian McKinley commented
This should include the ability associate a storage account with database, federation or federation "member." If a database, federation or federation member is dropped the associated blobs referenced in the tables should be deleted automatically from the blob storage. When a federation is split we should have the option to specify a new storage devices for the new federation member at the same time.
Daniel Kornev commented
Totally agree; enabling FileTables as part of SQL Azure would also enable full-text search and semantic search scenarios.
Ryan CrawCour commented
Why would you want to store blobs in SQL Azure when storing blobs in Windows Azure Blob storage is orders of magnitude cheaper. Store your relational data in SQL Azure and your blobs in a storage abstract designed for this exact purpose.
Why use a separate API for Azure storage when we can use ADO.Net and get at SQL AND file data?