Larger Block Blobs in Azure Storage Generally Available Now

Larger block blobs in Azure Storage hits general availability, Corda distributed ledger platform now on Azure, Azure Information Protection Dec. 2016 documentation updates.

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Azure Blob Storage is capable of storing and serving tens to hundreds of petabytes of data per customer across a diverse set of data types including media, documents, log files, scientific data and much more.

The Blob Storage in an update are now able to handle maximum file size from 195 GB to 4.77 TB, and this increased blob size now better supports a diverse range of scenarios, from media companies storing and processing 4K and 8K videos, to cancer researchers sequencing DNA.

"We have increased the maximum allowable block size from 4 MB to 100 MB, while maintaining support for up to 50,000 blocks committed to a single Blob," team Azure said.

The team notes, this size increase only applies to Block Blobs, and the maximum size of Append Blobs (195 GB) and Page Blobs (1 TB) remains unchanged.

R3's Corda, is now available on Microsoft Azure, as part of Project Bletchley, Microsoft's blockchain offering.

"Corda is a distributed ledger platform designed to record, manage and automate legal agreements between business partners."

"With the addition of Corda to Project Bletchley, we continue to expand our distributed ledger platform support on Azure to enable the next generation of distributed business applications," writes Azure team exec.

Here is some of Corda's key design choices: "Designed for Business: Recording and management of financial transactions, within existing legal and regulatory frameworks, Privacy First: Data sharing restricted to entitled participants of a transaction, and Modular Consensus: Support for multiple consensus algorithms."

The Documentation for Azure Information Protection (formerly Azure Rights Management) has been updated on the web. The latest content has a December 2016 (or later) focuses on the new preview version of the Azure Information Protection client, scoped policies (also in preview) and updates to Azure Information Protection service.

The team notes, that while the documentation includes information and instructions for new preview client, instructions for a deployment network continue to list GA version of AIP client and Rights Management sharing application. You can find more information in this AIP documentation.