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Accessing the Azure Storage Services

Updated: February 5, 2014

The Windows Azure storage services provide persistent, durable storage. All storage services are managed through a storage account, which you can create by using the Windows Azure Platform Management Portal. The storage services include:

  • The Blob service, for storing binary data

  • The Queue service, for reliable, persistent messaging between role instances

  • The Table service, for structured storage that you can query

You can access data in the Windows Azure storage services from your code by using the classes provided in the Windows Azure Managed Library, or by using the Windows Azure Storage Services REST API.

In addition to the Windows Azure storage services, the Windows Azure platform provides SQL Database, a cloud-based relational database that is built on Microsoft SQL Server.

In This Section

The topics in this section discuss how you can work with the Windows Azure storage services while you are building your Windows Azure application in Visual Studio.

Configuring and Using the Storage Emulator with Visual Studio

Browsing Storage Resources with Server Explorer

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