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How can we improve Azure Storage?

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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Now that you've released Managed Disks, allow us to specify IOPS

      This has been requested in other forms, but now that you have Managed Disks you're most of the way there. I would like to be able to say "I want a Managed Disk using standard storage, 1TB in size, with 2500 IOPS." Then you figure out how to configure storage to deliver those IOPS without me having to stripe disks, or whatever.
      Or perhaps "I want a 1TB Managed Disk using premium storage with 15000 IOPS." Again, you figure out how to configure and provision that, so I don't have to. That would be awesome!

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        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Attach VHD(x) to more than one VM at the same time

        Attach VHD(x) to more than one VM at the same time

        Having an option to attach the same VHD to a set of VMs would allow creating real HA clusters for single node applications - like databases. Storage could work just like iSCSI/FC/SAS SAN, being presented to two nodes, mounted on one. Also that would allow usage of GFS/OCFS2 filesystems to share data between cluster nodes if desired. AzureFiles suffers from every problem SMB have and is unreliable at best. The only other option is shared-nothing filesystems like moosefs/glusterfs.

        as far as I know there is "Shared VHDX" functionality in…

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          0 comments  ·  Disks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Have a TTL on Table Storage rows, so temporary data gets deleted

          Say you are storing details about logs / orders / page views. You may not care about them after 2 weeks / 1 month / 1 year.

          To save money it would be great to have a job run daily that deletes this data when it is deemed out of data by the system designer.

          AWS has this in DynamoDB where you create a column for an expiration date on tables that will accumulate data that might be temporary by nature. When you create a row you populate this column with the timestamp in the future you want this deleted.…

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            0 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Storage Explorer v0.8.12 breaks if HOMEDRIVE offline

            V0.8.12 update has broken Storage Explorer for me with an "Unknown Error" when starting. As the error refers to "P:/" I suspect it is something to do with the HOMEDRIVE environment variable that points to that drive. This is a network drive enforced upon my by group policy but which I never use. As I am currently engaged in trial Azure development I generally have to work offline from the corporate network due to proxy server and firewall restrictions we are not yet ready to lift.

            I am working with our internal support to try and get GP exceptions but…

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              1 comment  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • cache

              In the portal I want to be able to set (or at least see) http headers like "Cache-Control" at blob containers. We had an issue with CDN not caching images from blob when Cache-Control was not set to public.

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              • Auto defragment append blobs

                Append blobs are great, however, when a such a blob is generated through a long series of small increments, the read performance of the resulting blob is very poor: from 10x to 20x slower than reading a regular page blob.

                The performance problem goes away if the app rewrite the append-blob in large 4MB chunks. However, this process is complicated to setup, and collides with any 'always-on' property of the app.

                As append blobs are append-only, it would be much better if Azure was taking care of defragmenting the append blobs on its own; possible through a dedicated API operation…

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                  under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Azure Storage - Delete Blob with Snap Shot Fails - Error 409 Conflict

                  We were creating a snapshot each time we updated a blob to preserve the version of the blob. However when we tried to delete the blob we received Error 409 Conflict (error msg did not tell us why). When we changed the delete statement from await blockBlob.DeleteIfExistsAsync() to await blockBlob.DeleteIfExistsAsync(DeleteSnapshotsOption.IncludeSnapshots, null, null, null) the delete worked. Apparently having snapshots associated to a blob causes a delete conflict. Makes sense but can we have a more descriptive error message? Thanks!

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                    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • It would be Great if azure table storage can support lua scripting to get the data

                    Right now there is no way to execute logic on the columns other than Row key and partition key. It would be great if we can write some logic using lua scrpts which can execute on the server itself and get the results.
                    Because it take lot of effort to get the result and filter out at client side.

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                      0 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow "Prefer: return-no-content" for upserts (i.e. InsertOrMerge/InsertOrReplace)

                      As per subject, allow to ignore echo on upsert operations too. There are cases where echo is not important when performing the upsert operation itself even if a row has been modified/replaced (ex: the table row will be read back later by another component).

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                        0 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Return a .zip file through a blob list

                        Provide a way to request a .zip file through a list of blobs, or indicate the best way to do this.

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                          0 comments  ·  Import/Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Physical Import/Export Locations

                          Physical Import/Export Locations (perhaps Microsoft Retail Stores) where we can bring our drives to have data uploaded/downloaded from Azure, without the delay of shipping. If this also removed the per drive cost, we could also partition our data across more drives, improving performance further.

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                            0 comments  ·  Import/Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide a way to encrypt or obfuscate blob names

                            My application stores a lot of files containing user data, where each blob is named after a corresponding primary-key in a relational database.

                            Currently my blob storage container is private and all requests for blobs are proxied through my web application.

                            To reduce server load I would like to expose the blobs directly, however this would mean exposing the raw blob name to end-users, which gives away the unencrypted database primary-key value.

                            I know I can prevent access to blobs using Shared Access Signatures however I don't need that kind of security - I just want to obfuscate blob names…

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                              0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • A feature to enable storage diagnostics on / off when creating VM or Storage.

                              I have some complaints from users that they can not specify Diagnostics settings On / Off at the time they create a storage account.

                              When users create a new storage account, the storage account diagnostics is enabled by default and billing for storage analytics tables occurs because those tables are created automatically. Moreover users can’t notice those table storage being charged during usage if they are not familiar. Please add a feature to allow users to specify storage diagnostics On / Off when creating a storage account.

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                              • Mobile client for Azure Files

                                Create a mobile client for iOS and Android for accessing files on Azure Files. It could be part of OneDrive, Outlook or just a completely new app.

                                Read-only offline copy support would also be great

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                                  1 comment  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support deduplication of files stored in Azure 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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                                    0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    When will it be here?

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                                      1 comment  ·  Import/Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ability to specify IP range in the SAS URL when exporting Managed Disk

                                      Managed disks is really great feature, however it seems that user can't specify IP ranges from which to accept requests in SAS URL when exporting the disk.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Disks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve Search Performance for exact matches

                                        We are currently using Azure Media Services which creates a new blob container for each asset. We currently have 40,000 distinct assets. When attempting to search from the blob container level using the exact container id it can take 10+ minutes. This seams to be searching for content within the containers as well. In contrast if we search Azure Media Services Explorer by id it is instant. It would be good to be able to have more control over how it searches

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                                          1 comment  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • "Snapshot if exists" function

                                          At the present time, running the "Snapshot Blob" operation against a non-existent blob yields an error.

                                          It would be very useful to have a "Snapshot if exists" operation (or indeed an option on the present "Snapshot Blob"). So that if a blob does not exist, no error is generated.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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