CloudBerry Explorer Now Supports Azure Archive Blob Storage

CloudBerry Explorer for Azure is receiving yet another update, making it the first cloud file explorer that natively supports Microsoft Azure's latest blob storage tier — Archival. In this post we briefly explain what that is and how you can take advantage of it to reduce your cloud storage fees.

NB: This feature is currently offered in public preview and is not recommended for production use.

Introduction

Microsoft has just announced the addition of their brand-new Archival tier to their current lineup of storage tiers — Hot and Cool. In essence, this new tier is similar to Amazon Glacier in that it enables you to store files that do not require immediate access at a lower cost. In other words, files stored under this storage tier take up anywhere from one to two hours to be retrieved from the cloud. That's an acceptable trade-off given that Microsoft charges you appreciably less for storage. Combining different storage tiers to a reasonable extent can ensure that all your data is securely stored and your fees remain under control.

To enrol in the public preview, you will need to submit a request to register this feature to your subscription. After your request is approved (within 1-2 days), any new LRS Blob Storage account you create in US East 2 will have the Archive access tier enabled, and all new accounts in all public regions will have blob-level tiering enabled. You should refer to the Microsoft's documentation to learn how to enable the support for Microsoft Azure Archive storage tier for your account.

Managing Azure storage tiers in CloudBerry Explorer

CloudBerry Explorer for Azure now flaunts two new columns — Access Tier and Rehydration Status. Access tier displays the storage tier under which the file is stored. Rehydration Status, furthermore, indicates the current progress of changing the fie's storage tier — this operation in certain cases may take hours.

To change the access tier, simply right-click on a file, point to Change Access Tier To, and click on the preferred option.

Shortly thereafter the tier will be changed.

Similarly, you can change the tiers whenever you want; however, note that changing the tier from Archival takes a few hours — just like retrieval. On the bright side, Microsoft Azure, at least allows you to perform that operation, whereas Amazon Glacier does not allow to change the files' tier to S3. One more point for Microsoft.