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  1. Add DataSync for Windows Azure Storage so affinity groups under Traffic Manager can stay in sync

    If I choose to use Table Storage with an application that is under Traffic Manager, I would still like to maintain an affinity group for lower latency. In order to do this today I would need to syncronize data between the each of the storage nodes

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      under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Extend Table Storage Property Limit

      Currently, Azure Tables only support 255 properties (columns) on a single entity (row) and a max row size of 1MB. This should be greatly extended (e.g. 10x+), particularly since Azure does not offer Join query support. Without Join support, devs are forced to span large data structures across multiple tables. When querying the data, devs have to manage this extra complexity as well as suffer the performance penalties of querying against N tables and then performing their own post-join operation. Azure Tables scale great in one dimension (# rows), but horribly in the other (# columns). While Azure Tables should…

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        3 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • add metadata to Table Storage tables

        It would be very useful if table could have metadata associated with them beyond just their name. A user-defined metadata entity (just like a table entity) would be awesome.

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          under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 30 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Storage Emulator with storage transaction counting and billing simulation.

            This enhancement would help to estimate production runtime costs and catch issues like excessive queue polling during development.

            61 votes
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              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Windows Azure Storage to filter the connection clients by their network info such as IP

              Azure storage is protected using a connection string which contains credentials. Usually this connection string is placed in a configuration file. Reality tells us that information placed in configuration string leaks. It is likely that the storage configuration string will leak to non-authorized people. If someone has the connection string he owns your Azure storage!
              It is not possible to compare Azure Storage connection string to SQL connection strings because SQL is not exposed to the web. Even if a bad guy has the connection string he cannot use it unless he get network access to the SQL server or…

              339 votes
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                under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support TCP connections to table/blob storage from within the datacenter (low latency, ultra fast).

                We have the need for ultra-fast record range retrieval from table storage (a la on-site SQL Server) from our web roles in the same data center. This is driving a data-intensive BI engine that relies on low-latency access to massive streams of data. Currently, we are looking to MongoDB to fill this gap.

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                  under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow complex types in Azure tables storage

                  Currently azure tables only support simple properties and flat entities. It would be great to make it more of a "object/graph" database with the ability to cascade entities, and do deep oData queries.

                  You could just make RavenDB available on azure.

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                    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • create an API method for getting the number of BLOBs in a Container

                    As far as I understand, there is currently no method for getting the total number of blobs in a single container.

                    And there is also the maximum number of blobs per request (5.000).

                    We have containers with 10k - 100k blobs so we would really need a way of quickly checking the number of blobs that are in a container.

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

                      Our apologies for not updating this ask earlier. Storage analytics at the container level is on our backlog, but is unlikely to be released in the coming year. Currently, account level analytics are available. In order to monitor, diagnose and troubleshoot an Azure Storage account, please see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/storage-monitoring-diagnosing-troubleshooting. In .Net you can now use the Analytics class to process these metrics. The API can be referenced at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/microsoft.windowsazure.storage.analytics.aspx. For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

                    • Tool that can help migrate existing on-premise relational database to Azure table storage

                      This tool should understand the on-premise relational database schema and generate equivalent tables in Azure table storage (with rowkeys as current primary keys and partitionkeys based on the indexes on the current relational table).

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                        under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Sub-containers

                        Allow containers to be place inside another container. This way we can structure our blobs logically and still gain the advantages of place them inside containers (e.g, easy delete with one operation)

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                          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 19 votes
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                            under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Queues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support "skip" in Azure Table

                            MSDN says the "take" operator is only supported for the first 1,000 rows...

                            I need to access row number 5,000 in a highly partitioned storage layout. Support for "skip" is a requirement if we are to continue development.

                            124 votes
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                              under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Table storage garbage collection

                              Would be awesome to have the ability to set a data expiration/garbage collection policy on table rows. We have to write workers to delete old data now.

                              4 votes
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                                under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add an atomic Increment operator on table storage. See MongoDB for example.

                                It's hard to create pre-aggregated counters in table storage when using multiple workers. For example, a page hit counter will have wrong counts if incremented by pulling work from a queue and updating an entity representing the page using multiple workers.

                                141 votes
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                                  under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make Join on the Table storage

                                  Allow join feature on table storage.

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                                    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 13 votes
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                                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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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                                        15 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 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.

                                        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 for delivery after Soft-Delete and Object Versioning.

                                        We will be…

                                      • 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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                                          under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add ability to view Azure Table size/entity count (rows)

                                          Hi Mike,

                                          I've created this idea as suggested on the forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsazure/thread/ea18ae29-36a3-42c6-8420-877216efbd42

                                          One of the big challenges in adopting azure table storage over traditional SQL storage is the ability to know how much data is stored and how it is being used.

                                          Being able to break size/rows down by partition would be invaluable when trying to modify / optimize Partition & Row keys. (Given data doesn't always grow as we would expect, and new bottlenecks can & will emerge).

                                          In addition the ability to view the usage data per table / partition would be fantastic.

                                          Obviously there are ways of…

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