Data storage describes how different data is stored and managed in your organization. The type of data storage that you implement is based on the structure of your data and how your data is accessed.

Data can be highly organized like machine configurations and customer invoices. Other data is less structured, such as fax images and engineering white papers. Some data is accessed by only specific users like system administrators or file owners. And other data is accessed by all users, including internal employees and external partners.

Meet Tailwind Traders

Tailwind Traders is a fictitious home improvement retailer. The company operates retail hardware stores across the globe and online. As you work through this lesson, suppose you're the CTO for Tailwind Traders. You're investigating storage solutions for data that's not highly organized. You're interested in how storage accounts can be used with blob, file, and disk storage for unstructured data. You want to implement strong protection for your data storage. The company is seeking a data storage solution that balances features with strong performance and reasonable cost.

Learning objectives

In this module, you learn how to:

  • Design for data storage.

  • Design for Azure storage accounts.

  • Design for Azure Blob Storage.

  • Design for data redundancy.

  • Design for Azure Files.

  • Design for Azure managed disks.

  • Design for storage security.

Skills measured

The content in this module helps you prepare for Exam AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions. The module concepts are covered in:

Design data storage solutions

  • Design a data storage solution for non-relational data

    • Recommend a data storage solution to balance features, performance, and cost

    • Design a data solution for protection and durability

    • Recommend access control solutions for data storage


  • Conceptual knowledge of storage accounts, blobs, files, disks, and data protection.

  • Working experience with creating and securing storage systems.