In an exciting turn of events toward the “Chilly”, side the Azure Storage team has made some big changes this week allowing for a new way to store your data!
The newly released Azure Cool Storage allows for you to choose a different tier of storage where you can store data in Azure that isn’t accessed frequently, but the difference is you still can access it using all of your familiar APIs and access points without a waiting time for it to un-thaw like in AWS. Keep in mind that if you store your data over in Glacier you better have your mittens on because it can take as long as 5 hours to get your data out of the freezer…
“Data in the cloud is growing at an exponential pace, and we have been working on ways to help you manage the cost of storing this data. An important aspect of managing storage costs is tiering your data based on attributes like frequency of access, retention period, etc. A common tier of customer data is cool data which is infrequently accessed but requires similar latency and performance to hot data.
Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Cool Blob Storage – low cost storage for cool object data. Example use cases for cool storage include backups, media content, scientific data, compliance and archival data. In general, any data which lives for a longer period of time and is accessed less than once a month is a perfect candidate for cool storage.
With the new Blob storage accounts, you will be able to choose between Hot and Cool access tiers to store object data based on its access pattern. Capabilities of Blob storage accounts include:
- Cost effective: You can now store your less frequently accessed data in the Cool access tier at a low storage cost (as low as $0.01 per GB in some regions), and your more frequently accessed data in the Hot access tier at a lower access cost. For more details on regional pricing, see Azure Storage Pricing.
- Compatibility: We have designed Blob storage accounts to be 100% API compatible with our existing Blob storage offering which allows you to make use of the new storage accounts in existing applications seamlessly.
- Performance: Data in both access tiers have a similar performance profile in terms of latency and throughput.
- Availability: The Hot access tier guarantees high availability of 99.9% while the Cool access tier offers a slightly lower availability of 99%. With the RA-GRS redundancy option, we provide a higher read SLA of 99.99% for the Hot access tier and 99.9% for the Cool access tier.
- Durability: Both access tiers provide the same high durability that you have come to expect from Azure Storage and the same data replication options that you use today.
- Scalability and Security: Blob storage accounts provide the same scalability and security features as our existing offering.
- Global reach: Blob storage accounts are available for use starting today in most Azure regions with additional regions coming soon. You can find the updated list of available regions on the Azure Services by Regions page.”
So, my goal in this post is to help you get started with your first run at using Azure Cool.
I put together a quick lab for you to do in which you will create a new Storage Account where you can embrace your inner hoarder, and be able to keep data for only $0.01 a GB forever and access it only every once in a while…
Let’s do this!
Building an Azure Cool Storage Account
1. Point your web browser to http://portal.azure.com and login using your Microsoft Account that already has an Azure Subscription.
2. Click +New
3. Type Storage Account in the Search Box.
4. Next Select the Storage Account.
5. This will open the Storage Account Information Blade. Click Create.
6. The Create storage account blade will then open. Complete the first half of the blade with these settings:
a: Storage Account Name: This will need to be unique 3-24 characters’ alpha-numeric.
b: Deployment Model: Resource Manager
c: Account Kind: Blob Storage
d: Replication: Read-Access Geo-Redundant Storage
7. Next Compete the Create storage account blade using these details:
e: Access Tier: Cool
f: New Resource group name: ArcticStorageRG
g: Location: East US 2
8. The Portal will start the deployment and a tile will be placed on the Dashboard while the Storage Account would be deployed.
After the Cool Storage Account is deployed you can interact with it the same way you have with the Blob endpoint of any Azure Storage Account.
9. Notice that the Performance/Access Tier is set as Standard/Cool and the endpoints for the two locations East US 2 and Central US.
Well that’s it! You did it! The data in this account will be using the new Azure Cool Blob Storage tier!