Skip main navigation

£199.99 £139.99 for one year of Unlimited learning. Offer ends on 28 February 2023 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply

Find out more

Working with Azure Storage

In the first of these two videos, we will be introduced to Azure Storage and interacting with the data and files contained within it.

In the first of these two videos, you’ll be introduced to Azure Storage and how to interact with the data and files contained within it.

Manage Storage account

Types of uploads

Types of uploads refers to the form the data takes in storage. This can be one of four formats:

  • Blobs – Stands for Binary Large OBject, and is a common storage format for images, audio, and other multimedia formats. Blobs are generally the choice for unstructured data
  • Files – This is used for the storage and sharing of files that need to be accessed using SMB 2.1 and 3.0 protocols, with certain limitations.
  • Tables – This is for semi-structured data in a key-value schema, and for NoSQL data stores. These concepts will be covered in more detail later in this course.
  • Queues – This allows for asynchronous message queueing between application components.


Access can be limited and controlled based on assigned user access or through the use of unique access keys, allowing applications to connect.


Containers are much like disk volumes on a computer, but in the realm of cloud computing.

Note: If you’re curious, take a moment to explore some of the advanced tools & technologies mentioned at the end of the video.
In the next step, Graeme will introduce us to Azure Data Lake Store.

Join the discussion

Do you have any experience and/or preferences with regards to any of the advanced tools mentioned?

Use the Discussion section below and let us know your thoughts. Try to respond to at least one other post and once you’re happy with your contribution, click the Mark as complete button to move on to the next step.

This article is from the free online

Microsoft Future Ready: Fundamentals of Big Data

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education