Microsoft Azure Storage Import/Export Announcements

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Azure Import/Export Service enables transfer of data in and out of Azure Blob Storage by shipping data on harddrives. You can use this service when you have large amount of data which takes long to upload/download over network. Microsoft is happy to share some improvements we have made to this service with you today.


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Azure Import/Export in Azure portal

Microsoft is excited to announce the general availability of Azure Import/Export Service in the new Azure portal.


Storage Accounts – Classic, Azure Resource Manager (cool and hot access tier)

In addition to the Classic Storage accounts, you can now create Import and Export jobs targeting Azure Resource Manager account with Hot and Cool access tiers.


Import/Export tool – multi-drive and multi-source support

Microsoft is also happy to announce WAImportExport client tool improvements. Download latest version of  WAImportExport client tool from Download Center. Learn how to use WAImportExport client tool. You can use this tool to copy data to the hard drives you are going to ship to an Azure data center.


Import/Export tool v1 – platform agnostic copy

Microsoft is pleased to introduce a new flag /skipwrite in WAImportExport V1 release of the tool.


Regional availability expansion

Microsoft expanded Azure Import/Export service to Canada, US Gov and China.


Hard drives types

In addition to 3.5” internal SATA II/III disks, Azure Import/Export can now process your import or export jobs using 2.5” Internal SATA drives and internal SSD drives.


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