New Storage Features on the Windows Azure Portal

We are excited to announce several new storage features available on the Windows Azure Portal. With the updated Portal you have the ability to choose the level of redundancy for your storage, enable/disable and configure both Metrics and Logging, and view metrics in tabular and graphic format.

When you create your storage account, you can now configure the type of redundant storage that meets your business needs – Geo Redundant Storage (geo-replication is enabled) or Locally Redundant Storage (geo-replication is disabled). To learn more about the different types of redundant storage, please read this blog post. You can also update your storage selection (enable/disable geo replication) after your account has been created in the ‘Storage/Configure’ section of the portal.

In the portal you can now also configure Windows Storage Analytics. You can use the portal to enable/disable Metrics and Logging as well as to configure all settings; for full details on analytics, please read this blog post. After you configure metrics, you can choose which of the available metrics you want to monitor in the portal. You can also select which metrics to plot on metrics charts Note that all available metrics (based on what you configured) will be captured as described in this blog post.

As always, the portal also provides the ability to update your storage keys and delete your storage account. Please note that if you delete your storage account, there is no way to restore your data and the account name will no longer be reserved.

The following resources provide additional information:

  • For details on account creation in the portal, please review this How To documentation.
  • For details on selecting your redundant storage choice for existing accounts, and related pricing information, please review this How To documentation.
  • For details on how to configure analytics in the Portal, please review this How To documentation.
  • For more details on configuring analytics via APIs, please review this blog post.

We hope you enjoy the new storage features in the portal, and welcome your feedback and suggestions for further improvements!

Monilee Atkinson