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Azure for Developers. - Second Edition

By : Kamil Mrzygłód
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Book Image

Azure for Developers. - Second Edition

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By: Kamil Mrzygłód

Overview of this book

Microsoft Azure is currently one of the fastest growing public cloud service providers thanks to its sophisticated set of services for building fault-tolerant and scalable cloud-based applications. This second edition of Azure for Developers will take you on a journey through the various PaaS services available in Azure, including Azure App Service, Azure Functions, and Azure SQL Databases, showing you how to build a complete and reliable system with ease. Throughout the book, you’ll discover ways to enhance your skills when building cloud-based solutions leveraging different SQL/NoSQL databases, serverless and messaging components, containerized solutions, and even search engines such as Azure Cognitive Search. That’s not all!! The book also covers more advanced scenarios such as scalability best practices, serving static content with Azure CDN, and distributing loads with Azure Traffic Manager, Azure Application Gateway, and Azure Front Door. By the end of this Azure book, you’ll be able to build modern applications on the Azure cloud using the most popular and promising technologies to make your solutions reliable, stable, and efficient.
Table of Contents (32 chapters)
Part 1: PaaS and Containers
Part 2: Serverless and Reactive Architecture
Part 3: Storage, Messaging, and Monitoring
Part 4: Performance, Scalability, and Maintainability

Using Azure Storage blobs for object storage

The last capability of Azure Storage is Blob Storage. In the previous sections, we were using this service to store unstructured data using Table storage, push messages to a queue with Queue Storage, and create file shares, thanks to Files. In the last section of this chapter, we will focus on developing solutions that store so-called blobs. You may wonder what exactly a blob is—well, there is no single definition for that. In general, blobs are files of different types, such as text files, images, or audio. Here, you will see how to use them in your applications, how to secure them, and how you can achieve maximum performance.

Blob storage concepts

Before we go deeper into the service, you should understand the basic concepts of Blob Storage. Here, you can find a diagram that clearly defines the three main concepts:

Figure 12.11 – Blob storage concepts

As you can...