Azure Storage consists of Tables, Queues, and Blobs. To use any of these features, you must first create a Storage Account. This article describes how to use the Azure Portal to create an Azure Storage Account.
Sign into your Azure account and navigate to the Azure Management Portal (https://manage.windowsazure.com).
A list of Azure service categories displays on the left. Select the STORAGE category (Figure 1)
Click the [+NEW] button (Figure 2) at the bottom left of the Portal page.
The New Item menu (Figure 3) expands with DATA SERVICES and STORAGE already selected.
Select QUICK CREATE to display the CREATE STORAGE ACCOUNT dialog as shown in Figure 4.
At the URL field, enter a name for your new storage account. This name must consist only of numbers and lowercase letters and it must be unique among storage accounts.
At the LOCATION/AFFINITY GROUP, select a region in which to store this account. Generally, in order to minimize latency, you should create your storage account close to whatever clients will be accessing data from this account.
At the REPLICATION field, select a replication option. You can select Locally Redundant, Geo-Redundant, Read-Access Geo-Redundant (the default), or Zone Redundant. A description of each option is below.
Select this option to create 3 copies of your data within a single data center. External users will only access one copy of the data.
Select this option to create 6 copies of your data – 3 within a data center in the region you selected and 3 within a different data center in another region. External users will only access one copy of the data.
This option is identical to the Geo-Redundant option, except that external users can access in read-only mode the data stored in the secondary region.
Select this option to create 3 copies of your data within multiple data centers. External users will only access one copy of the data.
A Note on Pricing
The cost of each option is reflective of the durability and availability of your data, so Read-Access Geo-Redundant is more expensive than Geo-Redundant, which is more expensive than Zone Redundant, which is more expensive than Locally Redundant. You can view the current pricing at http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/storage/.
Click the CREATE STORAGE ACCOUNT icon to create your new storage account.