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  1. Support WAN acceleration for Azure Files (SMB 3.x) like Riverbed SteelHead

    Provide official support for WAN acceleration units like Riverbed SteelHead for Azure Files. This will remove some of issues related to latency over the Internet.

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      0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add support for distributed and/or centralized BranchCache mode for Azure Files

      Add support for distributed and/or centralized BranchCache mode for Azure Files to provide better end user experience and remove some of the issues with latency.

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        0 comments  ·  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 →
        • 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 →
          • "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 →
            • azcopy encryption / decryption needed for upload to BLOB storage

              AZCopy should allow for data to be encrypted prior to export and decrypted once in BLOB storage. This prevents un-encrypted data from streaming over the wire

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                1 comment  ·  AzCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Preallocate table sizes

                In our load we typically create a new table and then fill it with ~100M entries quickly. After that we create some entries, change some, delete some, but the size is growing more slowly.

                The problem is that when we load the ~100M first elements from 0 elements, Azure storage becomes really slow. Very high response times. We think this is because it has to allocate lots of space and because it has to rebalance data between buckets many times in the start. After initial warmup, we can run much higher load against it then in the start.

                What we…

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                  0 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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 →
                  • New-AzureStorageAccount cmdlet should be more verbose when the location is locked for the particular subscription.

                    New-AzureStorageAccount cmdlet should be more verbose when the location is locked for the particular subscription. Currently it is giving only the below message:

                    New-AzureStorageAccount : BadRequest: The location constraint is not valid
                    OperationID : 'ebd511f3854439d2ab176d6b46f35a4a'

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                      0 comments  ·  Azure PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add the lease start datetime as a property of a blob

                      That will allow us to calculate the age of the lease, which will help in determining if we should break the lease. For example, if a job is terminated an infinite lease will stick on the blob. But if we can calculate how old is the lease, then we can determine whether to break it.

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fix Azure Storage Emulator security issue by enabling a custom or random storage key

                        We are not allowed to provide the storage emulator to our developers because of the security issues of its design!

                        Possible to have a custom storage key for devstoreaccount1 (or a randomly created one) via e.g. "AzureStorageEmulator newKey"?

                        Current implementation is a security issue because a) it is a default password, which against almost all compliance frameworks, b) you are storing it hardcoded in cleartext in the configuration file.

                        The hashed form (preferably via SHA256 or SHA512) can then be stored on local file system instead of the cleartext one. (a good idea could be using SHA512CryptoServiceProvider for preventing errors…

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                          0 comments  ·  Storage Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • SAS behavior for replacing/overwriting blobs

                          It would be useful to define in the SAS token what to do in case of creating a blob with an existing name. The current behavior replaces/overwrites the existing blob.
                          Furthermore the default behavior is somehow a security threat, because a hacker having a SAS could replace existing entries.

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Remove "Storage accounts" from the navigation tree

                            Navigation tree in the app can be simplified by removing "Storage Accounts" child of the "Subscription" parent and move all items of the context menu to the subscription parent

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  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.

                              15 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Display billing of each service

                                Storage consists of many services. It would be good to show each service billing in order to organize asset allocation precisely.

                                In example, page blob has 'billable size' along with its file size and blob has transaction cost. These matters could be included in usage metrics.

                                Currently, only 'Capacity: 5.0TB' data hasn't give much information.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Pull creation dates of vms

                                  Please look into implementing into the CLI, an ability to pull the creation dates of VM's under the vm list command. This will assist with billing, and will tell us whether an instance has been up more than x hours, and will therefore give us more insight into whether the server is still in use or not, and can be terminated.

                                  15 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Azure CLI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Shared disks for clustered failover setup

                                    For clustered failover setup it could be great to have two VMs in the same availability set to share the same storage. I see this option as the virtual machine failover cluster available in Hyper-V, where virtual hard disks can be shared within two or more VMs. If one VM goes down, the other VM takes over with no downtime or data loss.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Disks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Display OS Disks and VM Images in Delete storage account blade

                                      There's many 'cannot delete storage resource' questions caused by OS disks or VM image references such as below;
                                      - https://feedback.azure.com/forums/217298-storage/suggestions/11525553-cannot-delete-storage-account
                                      - https://feedback.azure.com/forums/217298-storage/suggestions/10976463-failed-to-delete-storage-account-10-51-am-failed-t
                                      - http://stackoverflow.com/q/34362904/361100

                                      It would be good to provide VM disks and OS images information in "Delete storage account" blade summary page.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow sas with spesific content-type

                                        I would like to have sas which only able to read only file with .jpg,.js,.css for example

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                                        • Why ZRS does not support page blob

                                          Why ZRS storage does not support page blob? Can we have more background about such product design?

                                          Thanks!

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