Create a BlockBlobStorage account

The BlockBlobStorage account kind lets you create block blobs with premium performance characteristics. This type of storage account is optimized for workloads with high transactions rates or that require very fast access times. This article shows how to create a BlockBlobStorage account by using the Azure portal, the Azure CLI, or Azure PowerShell.

For more information about BlockBlobStorage accounts, see Azure storage account overview.


If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.


Sign in to Azure

Sign in to the Azure portal.

Create a BlockBlobStorage account

To create a BlockBlobStorage account in the Azure portal, follow these steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, select All services > the Storage category > Storage accounts.

  2. Under Storage accounts, select Add.

  3. In the Subscription field, select the subscription in which to create the storage account.

  4. In the Resource group field, select an existing resource group or select Create new, and enter a name for the new resource group.

  5. In the Storage account name field, enter a name for the account. Note the following guidelines:

    • The name must be unique across Azure.
    • The name must be between three and 24 characters long.
    • The name can include only numbers and lowercase letters.
  6. In the Location field, select a location for the storage account, or use the default location.

  7. For the rest of the settings, configure the following:

    Field Value
    Performance Select Premium.
    Account kind Select BlockBlobStorage.
    Replication Leave the default setting of Locally-redundant storage (LRS).

    Shows portal UI to create a block blob storage account

  8. Choose the Advanced tab.

  9. If you want to optimize your storage account for data analytics, then set Hierarchical namespace to Enabled. Otherwise, leave this option set to its default value. Enabling this setting with your BlockBlobStorage account gives you the premium tier for Data Lake Storage. To learn more about Data Lake Storage, see Introduction to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2.

  10. Select Review + create to review the storage account settings.

  11. Select Create.

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