Gaurav Mantri's Personal Blog.

What’s New In Azure Storage

It’s been a while that I wrote a blog post about Azure Storage :). Earlier this month, Azure Storage Team released a new version of Storage Service and included a lot of awesome goodness! In this blog post, I will try to summarize those. So let’s start! New Storage Service REST API Version / … [Read more...]

Making Azure Blob Storage Searchable Using Azure Search Service

Every now and then question about searching in Azure Blob Storage comes up in one of the community forums. Folks posting the questions would like to find out things like: Finding blobs containing certain letters in them e.g. all pdf or png files in blob storage. Finding blobs by blob type – … [Read more...]

Windows Azure Storage and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) – Lets Have Some Fun

Recently Windows Azure Storage introduced a bunch of new changes. I wrote a blog post summarizing these changes which you can read here: One of the important changes is the support for Cross-Origin … [Read more...]

New Changes to Windows Azure Storage – A Perfect Thanksgiving Gift

Yesterday Windows Azure Storage announced a number of enhancements to the core service. These enhancements are long awaited and with the way things are implemented, all I can say is that it was worth the wait. In this blog post, we will go over these changes. There are so many changes that if I … [Read more...]

Backup WordPress Site to Windows Azure Storage using “BackupToAzure” Plugin

It gives me great pleasure to announce “BackupToAzure” plugin for WordPress. This plugin will allow you to take a full backup of your existing WordPress site to Windows Azure Storage. The plugin is free and is open source!!! Download the plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory: … [Read more...]

Uploading Large File By Splitting Into Blocks In Windows Azure Blob Storage Using Windows Azure SDK For PHP

In this blog post, we will see how you can upload a large blob in blob storage using Windows Azure SDK for PHP. I must state that I don’t know anything about PHP and did this exercise in order to help somebody out on StackOverflow. What helped me in the process is excellent documentation on PHP’s … [Read more...]

Revisiting Windows Azure Shared Access Signature

In this blog post, we’ll talk about Shared Access Signature (SAS) functionality in Windows Azure. Steve Marx (@smarx) wrote excellent blog posts on the same subject a few years ago which you can read here:, … [Read more...]

(Some) Best Practices for Building Windows Azure Cloud Applications

In this blog post, I will talk about some of the best practices for building cloud applications. I started working on it as a presentation for a conference however that didn’t work out thus this blog post. Please note that these are some of the best practices I think one can follow while building … [Read more...]

Storage Client Library 2.0 – Implementing Retry Policies

Continuing my blog posts about migrating code to make use of storage client library 2.0, in this post I will talk about some changes done in the library for implementing retries in your code. You can read my previous posts on storage client library 2.0 here: … [Read more...]

Storage Client Library 2.0 – Migrating Blob Storage Code

A few days ago I wrote blog posts about migrating code from storage client library 1.7 to 2.0 to manage Windows Azure Table and Queue Storage. You can read those posts here: and … [Read more...]