The Azure Table is a storage platform that stores large amounts of non-relational structured data. This data has a unique attribute with a schema-less design which allows for greater flexibility in the data storage mechanism as the needs and requirements of the end-user change.
Why Azure Table?
- It can store a huge amount of data (500 TB), ranging from kilobytes to petabytes therefore there is no limit on the amount that can be stored, giving users a free hand.
- Availability is ensured because data is duplicated for security purposes 3 times within one region and in addition to this, it is also duplicated three times hundreds of miles away.
- Newer data added is accessible to all users so that they can easily gain insights and updates without having to go through the hassle of authentications and permissions
- Data is accessible via REST API and accessed through HTTP/HTTPS protocols
- It is lower in cost than other SQL servers for the same amounts of data stored so that is a competitive advantage due to Microsoft’s pricing strategies
- For developers, making table-based applications using table storage is very easy because no previous database is required before making one since table storage stores data without fixed schema
- Security features of Table storage are consistent with Azure’s including encryption, access controls, multi-factor authentication protocols, and dynamic data masking