The Windows Azure storage service is focused on the durable storage of persistent data. This chapter will be focusing on the Table feature of the storage service. The Table service allows the structured data to be persisted for a later usage.
In this chapter, we will discuss the following topics:
Azure Table storage
Azure Table storage versus SQL Azure
Using Azure Table storage from Silverlight
Azure Tables are cheaper ways of storing large volumes of structured data. When used correctly, Azure Tables are extremely scalable and faster ways of storing and retrieving the data. The data stored in the Table storage does not have a fixed schema (like a table in a standard database). Instead, the entities are schema-less and flexible. Each of the columns can be better thought of as a name or a value pair. It is possible to store multiple entities in the same table that uses different properties.