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  1. 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

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    26 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. We view this ask as a set of related features.

    Soft delete for blobs enables you to save and recover your data where blobs or blob snapshots are deleted. It does not protect against container or account deletion. This feature is currently generally available. You can see the announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/soft-delete-for-azure-storage-blobs-ga/ and the full documentation here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-blob-soft-delete

    Object versioning will also offer object-level protection, and will offer a few incremental improvements to soft delete. Specifically, it will make recovery of deleted data easier. This feature is planned for the coming year.

    Container soft delete will protect against container-level deletion and modification. This feature is planned for the coming year as well.

    Native support for blob backup will protect against account-level deletion and modification, and is currently on our backlog.

    We will provide updates when they become available. For any further questions, or to discuss your…

  2. 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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    6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! At the moment, we have no plans to extend the Windows Explorer to allow interactions with blobs, tables or queues. However, we have now released a free tool for doing everything that you mentioned – the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer http://storageexplorer.com/. We now also offer Azure File Storage which allows you to mount an Azure File Share that can be accessed via the Windows Explorer.

  3. Support HTTP/2 and SPDY

    With all the major browsers behind http/2 and deployed spdy/3 (chrome/ff/IE11) please implement this for Azure Storage

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  4. Whitelist all Microsoft services in Storage account Firewall

    Whitelist all Microsoft services including Azure Data Factory when the "Firewall and Virtual Network" option is enabled on Storage account and "Allow trusted Microsoft services to access this storage account" option is selected.

    Similar option is already available on Azure Data Lake store, where we can access Data Lake from Data Factory pipelines after the firewall option is enabled.

    280 votes
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  5. Please implement static IP address or Reserved IP address for Blob, file, table, queue services in Storage Account.

    We use IP address filtering on our firewall settings in our company network. Now, we need to download IP address range which Microsoft Azure uses once a week and reconfigure our firewall settings if they have any change. That is burden on us. Please implement static IP address or Reserved IP address for Blob, file, table, queue services in Storage Account.

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  6. See total size used by container/share and by storage account

    We have multiple storage accounts each with blobs and other objects. The dashboards should show the total disk usage at every level: across all storage accounts, when clicking on a blob, the total for each folder, etc. Right now, one needs to get to the individual file level to see the size and manually sum it up.

    225 votes
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  7. Ability to manually initiate failover on Geo-Redundant storage accounts (GRS & RA-GRS)

    GRS & RA-GRS storage accounts currently geo-replicate all contents from a primary zone's storage account (storageA) to a secondary zone's storage account (storageB) automatically and this is wonderful.

    Right now, it is Microsoft that control when the failover occurs from storageA to storageB. It is also very well documented that this switch will happen only as a last resort move because of the complexity of switching all accounts, possible data loss, etc...

    For advanced DR scenarios it would be very handy for us to have a way to manually trigger the failover switch between storageA and storageB.

    After the manual…

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  8. Enable Storage Account Firewall to access from App Service without ASE

    Currently it is not possible to configure storage account firewall to accept requests from App Services event whitelist outbound IP addresses of Appservices.
    It is great if above is possible

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  9. HTTP compression support for Azure Storage Services (via Accept-Encoding/Content-Encoding fields)

    Add support for 'Accept-Encoding' and 'Content-Encoding' fields in the HTTP request in Azure Storage Services with supported compression schemes gzip and deflate. This should helps reduce network payload by 10x-50x in some cases like saving/loading bulk records to Azure Table Storage.

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  10. Enable multiple custom domains for storage accounts

    I would like to register 2 or more custom domains to point to 1 storage account.

    For example, foo.com, bar.com both point to blob.etc.windows.net

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  11. Support deduplication of Azure storage objects (blobs and files)

    Add support for deduplication of files stored in Azure Files to save storage space (cost). General file savings are about 50% when using deduplication in Windows Server

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  12. Make it possible to send Storage Analytics ($logs) to Log analytics

    Currently Storage accounts can generate detailed logs which are stored under $logs in the storage account. But it is not possible to link this to Log Analytics. This functionality would enable monitoring data access, which is sometimes a regulatory requirement.

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  13. Scale to Premium Storage from standard Storage

    Please allow us to switch from Standard Storage to Premium Storage and the other way around. Or at least provide us with the option to scale up from Standard Storage to Premium Storage (one way).

    The current process involves stopping the affected VM, copying the disk using AzCopy and recreating the VM in the new storage account.
    I'm pretty sure Micorosft's team can take care of this process behind the scenes and just provide us with a user interface option and/or an API method.

    Currently we have multiple VMs (about 20+) running on standard storage that need to be upgraded…

    53 votes
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  14. virus checking/scanning mechanism for azure storage on file upload. Possibly optional for improved performance(bound to container).

    It would be nice to have an integrated virus checking/scanning mechanism on Azure storage without having to rely on 3rd party software.

    46 votes
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  15. Allow CORS rules to be applied via ARM template

    There is currently no support for CORS rules in Azure Resource Manager templates for storage accounts.

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  16. Remove or dramatically increase the max number of stored access policies per container, file share, table, or queue

    Today the maximum policy you can have is 5. This is way to low as we are using blob storage in a data sharing scenario between providers and consumers and we need to use policies to be able to revoke issued SAS tokens in this sharing scenario. 5 policies means that we can only control 5 SAS keys that can be revoked. We need a lot more.

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  17. Azure storage as a storage tier for an on-premises Windows Server

    Customers want tiered storage from windows server local volumes directly to Azure blob and cold storage. This will solve the cost of storage issues and increase usage in azure. Storsimple is not the answer because it is too expensive, doesn't integrate into existing problems, adds unwanted iscsi complexity, and is effectively limited to a market of around 3% of businesses. Tiring between local windows server volumes and azure opens up a massive hybrid market of existing server customers.

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  18. Globally redundant storage with custom secondary regions

    For multi-region service deployments, it'd be really useful to have shared data in Azure Storage and have the user be able to select which regions act as backups in a similar way that's done in AzureSQL where I can add read-only databases in different data centers and regions

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  19. Allow Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016 to replicate directly to Azure

    I think there is a business case for allowing the Storage Replica feature in Windows Server 2016 to replicate directly to Azure, "Storage Replica as a Service" if you will.

    The reason for this is to be able to set up a simple DR solution for any volume on any Windows Server 2016. In the case of a disaster at the on-premise datacenter the customer can elect to either set up a new VM in Azure and replicate the data back to that server or set up a new server on-premise and replicate the data back to that server.

    This…

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  20. Azure Storage Firewalls support for Azure Site Recovery

    Configure Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks (preview) function is not supported now. many of my customer wants to restrict any unexpected access to keep their resource safe. In the cloud, it is important that security is guaranteed, so we strongly request that this function can be used.

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