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Microsoft adds Blob Storage to government regions

Microsoft Azure's government customers have a new option for storing unstructured data in the cloud. Through the Azure Storage service, customers who use data centers in Virginia, Arizona and Texas will now be able to add Blob Storage to their cloud portfolios.

“With Blob Storage accounts, you can choose between hot and cool storage tiers to store your less frequently accessed (cool) data at a lower storage cost, and store more frequently accessed (hot) data at a lower access cost,” Azure program manager Kyle Deeds wrote in a Sept. 5 blog post.

The cold data tier is designed for backup and disaster recovery data in addition to scientific data and older media content. Cold data sets need to be converted into hot Blob Storage before users can access the data.

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Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

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