To use an Azure Storage Account with Morro Data, you'll need to:
- Create a storage container.
- Add the container as a Cloud Storage Group in the Morro Cloud Manager.
- Any Azure Storage Account type can be used as long as it supports Blob storage. More information on the types of Azure Storage Accounts available can be found here.
- Choose the location physically closest to your CacheDrives.
- Standard vs Premium Performance - Choose based on your performance vs cost requirements.
- Replication - Locally Redundant Storage (LRS) is generally good enough with 11 9's durability.
- Hot access tier is highly recommended. Lifecycle management can be used to move blobs to Cool storage after a certain period of time to possibly reduce costs, but they should never be moved to Archive storage.
- Container public access level should be set to Private for better security.
Creating the Storage Container
- Go to the Azure Portal and log in.
- Click Storage Accounts, then select the account you'd like to use.
- Click Containers and create a container for Morro Data.
- Click Access Keys under Settings. You will need these values when adding the container as a Cloud Storage Group in Morro Cloud Manager.
Adding the Container as a Cloud Storage Group
- Go to Morro Cloud Manager.
- Click File System, then Add Cloud Storage.
- In the popup, select Your Object Storage for Sync and select the Azure icon under Providers. The following options will appear:
- Add a name for the Cloud Storage Group. This is how it will appear in MCM and any characters can be used.
- Account Name is the Storage Account Name from the Access Keys screenshot.
- Access Key is key1 from the Access Keys screenshot.
- Container name is the name of the container created for Morro Data.
- Click Create.
- Verify that the Cloud Storage Group appears in the File System page in MCM.