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