What is blob storage?
Blob storage is a feature in Microsoft Azure that allows developers to store unstructured data in Microsoft's cloud platform. This data can be accessed from anywhere in the world and can include audio, video, and text. Blobs are grouped into 'containers' that are tied to user accounts. Blobs can be manipulated with .NET code.
Blob storage enables Microsoft Azure to store any amount of unstructured data and make it available to users via HTTP and HTTPS.
Microsoft use cases include streaming video, files, text, and images to remote users. Azure allows users to store blobs in containers. One blob might be reserved for video only, while another might be storing image files.
Microsoft defines three types of blobs: block blobs, append blobs, and page blobs. Block blobs support up to 50,000 blocks of up to 4 megabytes for a total of up to 195 gigabytes. Block blobs are intended for text and other binary files. Append Blobs support appending operations and are designed for log files. Page blobs are designed for frequent read / write operations. Blobs are created and accessed using .NET code.