I’ve recently published two courses on Pluralsight having to do with Azure Storage.

Configuring and Using Microsoft Azure Blob Storage provides an overview of Blob Storage for storing unstructured data, like documents, disk images, log files, and media files.  The course is scoped to administrators and developers, because an understanding of the configuration and capabilities of the platform is necessary when designing, developing and maintaining solutions.  This course will teach you the basics of blob storage, and also more advanced topics like accessing blob storage from the .NET storage client library, and command line utilities like AzCopy and the Azure CLI.  You’ll also learn how to enable Content Delivery Network endpoints to deliver more robust content based solutions to users around the world.  And there’s an entire module on integrating Azure search with Blob storage, which shows you how to search the contents of different file formats by configuring indexing… it’s like getting some of the core capabilities of SharePoint, without all the extra infrastructure.  One of the really cool things about this course is that it was part of a partnership with Microsoft, so I had access to features that were in preview at the time.  There are a lot of great new capabilities with Blob storage, like static website hosting, soft delete and lifecycle management (to set policies that manage moving blobs between hot, cool and archive storage tiers).

Creating and Configuring Microsoft Azure Storage Accounts builds on the Blob storage course, by providing more insight into configuration of the parent container for Blob storage, which is the Azure Storage Account.  I go into a lot more depth on configuring security and access in this course, as well as managing and monitoring storage accounts.  Logging and monitoring with Storage Analytics is covered in detail, and also tracking ongoing costs.  I spend about 25 minutes of content on the different ways to track costs in Azure, which isn’t specific to Azure Storage.  You’ll learn about capabilities within the Azure Portal for viewing ongoing costs, how to use the new Cloudyn Cost Management portal, and how to create your own cost tracking solution using the Azure Billing APIs.

These courses are part of a path on managing Azure Storage.