Chapter 8. The basics of BLOBs

This chapter covers

  • How files are currently shared in retro systems
  • How Windows Azure allows us to store files (woo hoo, go Azure)
  • How to consume the BLOB storage service

In case you didn’t bother reading the blurb at the beginning of part 3, in this chapter (and the next couple of chapters), we’ll be looking at how you can store files in Windows Azure’s highly scalable, fault tolerant, binary-file storage system (otherwise known as the BLOB storage service).



BLOB stands for binary large object. The term has been stolen from the world of relational databases where it used to describe the storage of binary data (such as an image or an MP3 file) in a single entity. We wish they’d used BinLob as the ...

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