Microsoft Tackles Cloud Data Availability With Azure Storage Option
Microsoft has kicked off a public preview of its Read-Access Geo Redundant Storage (RA-GRS), a feature for the company’s growing Windows Azure cloud storage platform that improves access to data in the event of an outage.
Steven Martin, general manager for Windows Azure, explained in a blog post that "RA-GRS provides read access to your secondary storage replica should the storage account on the primary location become unavailable." Localized events should have little impact on an organization’s ability to grab data from their Azure Storage accounts he suggested, since "the secondary location is hundreds of miles from the primary location, RA-GRS provides both data durability and improved data access."
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