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

      Our apologies for not updating this ask earlier. We view this ask as a set of related features. Soft delete and automatic snapshots will help protect against accidental deletions and overwrites. Write Once Read Many (WORM) will disable modification (by anyone, including administrators and hackers) for a specified period of time.

      This work is planned for the coming year, and we will be delivering it in multiple phases. As soon as we have progress to share, we will do so. We will continue to provide updates at least once per quarter. For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

    • 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.

      178 votes
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        under review  ·  13 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • IP address in signed storage URLs?

        Almost everything is in the title: I'd like to see an IP address restriction to be added to signed URLs, in addition to the existing start and end of validity. On the client side, this would mean adding an IPAddress property to Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient.SharedAccessPolicy. If set, the IP address given would be added to the URL and signed with the rest. On the server side the Azure Blob Storage would only grant access if the timeframe and IP address matches.

        176 votes
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          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Storage accounts on VNET or Disable key options

          Allow storage accounts to be configured so that they can have external access disabled and be accessible only through a VNET. I would like to have a checkbox option that disabled all external access to the blob instead of just relying on keeping storage keys hidden. Even through keys can be rotated, they still always exist and could be used to gain unauthorized access.

          This would be useful for storage accounts that only contain VHD's and never need the possibility of them being accessed externally. This would be one more layer of safety, as well as easier to audit /…

          172 votes
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            under review  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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

            171 votes
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              under review  ·  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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

              153 votes
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                under review  ·  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                149 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

                  127 votes
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                    11 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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

                    106 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add ability to tag storage accounts, blobs, tables, etc

                      You can currently tag Web Sites and SQL servers, but I want to be able to tag my storage account entities as well, so I can see all associated services for a particular project.

                      91 votes
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                      • One-time use SAS tokens

                        Essentially, I'd like to be able to create a Shared Access Signature that's only available for one-time use in addition to the existing time-based expiration.

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                          under review  ·  3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • The ability to backup storage accounts

                          I feel that it would be a great feature if Azure provided the ability to backup a storage account from 1 to another. Though I know Azure offer native resilience through replication, this does not provide protection from accidental deletion

                          76 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            72 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              38 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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.

                                37 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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…

                                  35 votes
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                                  • Add rsync/WAN optimization support for Azure storage

                                    It would be amazing if the blob/files storage supported rsync semantics for incremental upload.

                                    Scenario: I have a large file, one local copy on my mobile device and one copy in blob storage. The local copy can be modified by my app. I want to continuously synchronize the change to maintain an up-to-date copy in blob storage.

                                    Currently I have to always upload the entire file for any changes (unless my device does local change tracking).

                                    With rsync support my device could query blob storage for the file's rsync signature, then generate an rsync delta based on that signature and…

                                    32 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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

                                      27 votes
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                                      • 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.

                                        19 votes
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                                        • 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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