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  1. 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.

          129 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.

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            • 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.

              258 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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                      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…

                    • 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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                          8 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • aggregated data using REST call

                          hi expert,

                          I just want to know is there any way to get aggregated data using REST call form azure table storage.

                          for example: In my table : test there are two properties Key and Value and suppose key have key= "CPU" and value = 10; or key ="Memory" and value = 90 and so on (similer key) ...so when i call using REST it response all data of CPU and Memory in XML but i want aggregate data from azure storage when i request call using REST . I dont want that first get all data locally then perform…

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                            under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Tables  ·  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.

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                            • Entity Framework provider for Azure Storage

                              Even if clearly impossible to have all relational features implemented, a mapping between EF entities and Azure Storage tables would be great, as would simplify the migration of the data layer to Azure.

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                                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Idempotent entity deletion (i.e. delete with retry should work)

                                In cloud apps, it's important to make all operations idempotent, to facilitate handling behavior of intermittent hardward/software faults. In particular, the DELETE operation on the Table Storage is not idempotent (deleting a missing entity throws an error code). It would be much better if it was possible to specify an optional idempotent behavior.

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                                • Support entity group operation but without transaction

                                  Current Table Storage supports only "Transaction" behavior (that is to say all or nothing). It's not possible to have a ContinueOnError behavior while processing entity group operation without transaction, which can be rather painful in some situations.

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                                  • Make StorageClient library more unit test friendly

                                    Currently, a developer has to jump through hoops to unit test code written against the StorageClient library. There is no official guidance for unit testing your apps, and after looking around for what others were doing I settled on creating custom interfaces and objects that wrap the library like the guys did with: http://cloudstorageapi.codeplex.com/.

                                    How about making official interfaces for the library and providing us with an testing-oriented in-memory implementation that we can use to immediatly begin unit testing our apps without any hassle.

                                    109 votes
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                                    • Improve Session support with TableStorageSessionStateProvider

                                      The November '09 TableStorageSessionStateProvider could be improved in a few ways:

                                      1.) Make it use DataConnectionString instead of blobServiceBaseUri, tableServiceBaseUri, AccountName, and sharedKey.

                                      2.) Make it clean up old entries in the Sessions table and blobs in sessionprovidercontainer.

                                      3.) Improve performance.

                                      16 votes
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                                      • build a journaling system for azure table storage

                                        Cloud storage services such as Windows Azure Table storage do present somewhat unique opportunities for protecting us against failures. Yaron Goland has proposed (http://www.goland.org/do-i-need-to-backupjournal-my-windows-azure-table-store/) what he termed a "journal" system which captures all PUT, POST & DELETE operations against a service:

                                        I would like to have a journal that records every command issued against the system ... then when I find out about a data logic corruption bug caused by my front end I could at least try to figure out which of my users was likely to be affected by reviewing the journal

                                        The very nature of…

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                                        • Add TableStorage LINQ query support for Select, Count and Contains

                                          Critical functions such as Select, Count and Contains are not currently available when querying TableStorage data.

                                          If I only want a total number of rows that match a certain criteria I have no choice but to retrieve the data, count it and throw it away.

                                          Adding support for Select would also help with heavy queries by only returning the data selected from a query.

                                          Contains would be useful for searching. Using the Compare function is annoying.

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