After the recent general availability for Storage Explorer, we also added new features in the latest 1.1 release to align with Azure Storage platform:
Azurite cross-platform emulator
Access tiers that efficiently consumes resources based on how frequently a blob is accessed
The removal of SAS URL start time to avoid datacenter synchronization issues
Azure zone-redundant storage, which was previously in public preview, is now generally available.
Zone-redundant storage greatly simplifies development of highly available applications by replicating your data to different Availability Zones, with inserts and updates to data being performed synchronously across these Availability Zones. You can continue with read and write operations on your data even when one of the Availability Zones is unavailable or unrecoverable.
Today we are excited to announce the public preview of soft delete for Azure Storage Blobs! The feature is available in all regions, both public and private.
When turned on, soft delete enables you to save and recover your data where blobs or blob snapshots are deleted. This protection extends to blob data that is erased as the result of an overwrite.
Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Azure Files share snapshots globally in all Azure clouds. Share snapshots provide a way to make incremental backups of Server Message Block (SMB) shares in Azure Files. Storage administrators can use snapshots directly and backup providers can now leverage this capability to integrate Azure Files backup and restore capabilities into their products.
Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Azure Storage Service Encryption with customer managed keys integrated with Azure Key Vault for Azure Blob and File Storage. Azure customers already benefit from Storage Service Encryption for Azure Blob and File Storage using Microsoft managed keys.
Today we are announcing the general availability of Firewalls and Virtual Networks (VNets) for Azure Storage along with Virtual Network Service Endpoints. Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks uses Virtual Network Service Endpoints to allow administrators to create network rules that allow traffic only from selected VNets and subnets, creating a secure network boundary for their data. These features are now available in all Azure public cloud regions and Azure Government. As part of moving to general availability it is now backed by the standard SLAs. There is no additional billing for virtual network access through service endpoints. The current pricing model for Azure Storage applies as is today.