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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. Recycle Bin for Blobs will address data loss as a result of logical errors. It will provide functionality to automatically generate and retain snapshots each time data is deleted or overwritten. You will be able to restore this data within a configurable retention period. This feature is at the front of our backlog.

      Object Versioning for Blobs will also address data loss as a result of logical errors. It will provide an interface to store and access multiple versions of the same object. This feature is also on our backlog for delivery after Recycle Bin.

      Write Once Read Many (WORM) protection for Blobs will disable object modification (by anyone, including administrators and hackers) for a specified period of time. This feature is also on our backlog.

      We will be delivering…

    • 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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      • Improving the indexed partitioning criteria for handling storage accounts with same naming conventions

        As described in detail here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-performance-checklist/#subheading47 , Azure handles indexed partitioning with an index with aphabetical criteria, so storage accounts starting with A-H will go into one partition, H’-R will go into a different partition and last R’-Z will go into another different partition too.
        We discovered that this could affect High Availability of VMs if you take care of putting them into Availability Set and use different storage accounts for their virtual disks, but same naming convention for accounts. In this case, if a fail happens on a given partition for example during an internal maintenance task or storage…

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        • CloudStorageAccount.Parse(): Support SafeString

          CloudStorageAccount.Parse(): Today takes string as parameter, as it contains username/password, I think it would be better if it took a SafeString.

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