Announcing the availability of Azure Storage Management in Cerebrata Cerulean

I’m pleased to announce that in the latest version of Cerebrata Cerulean we have included support for managing data in your Azure Storage accounts. In this blog post, I will talk about the features currently supported in Cerulean when it comes to managing Azure Storage accounts.

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Storage Account Connection

Using Cerulean, you can connect to your Azure Storage accounts in order to manage the data in these accounts. Following features are supported in the current release:

  • Connect to your Azure Storage accounts using account name/key.
  • Connect to Azure Storage Emulator on Windows platform.
  • Open storage account in read-only/read-write mode to prevent accidental deletes and updates.
  • Create Account Shared Access Signature (SAS).
  • For RA-GRS accounts, you can view data from storage account’s secondary endpoints.

Blob Service

There’s a limited support for managing blobs/blob containers in this release. Following features are currently supported:

  • List blob containers in a storage account. You can also search for blob containers by prefix.
  • Create new blob container.
  • Delete one or more blob containers.
  • View blob container properties.
  • Manage blob container metadata.
  • Manage blob container permissions and access policies.
  • Create SAS on blob containers.
  • Manage blob container lease (acquire, break, change, release and renew).
  • Configure CORS settings for blob service.
  • Configure Storage Analytics settings for blob service.

Please note that managing blobs, uploading/downloading is still not supported. This will be included in the next version.

File Service

There’s a limited support for managing file shares/files/folders in this release. Following features are currently supported:

  • List file shares in a storage account. You can also search for file shares by prefix.
  • Create new file share.
  • Delete one or more file shares.
  • View file share properties.
  • Manage file share metadata.
  • Manage file share access policies.
  • Create SAS on shares.
  • View file share statistics.
  • Change file share quota.
  • Configure CORS settings for file service.

Please note that managing files and folders is still not supported. This will be included in the upcoming releases.

Queue Service

We have full parity regarding queue/message management features. Following features are currently supported:

  • List queues in a storage account. You can also search for queues by prefix.
  • Create new queue.
  • Delete one or more queues.
  • View queue properties.
  • Manage queue metadata.
  • Manage queue access policies.
  • Create SAS on queues.
  • Create new message in a queue.
  • Fetch messages from a queue (both PEEK and GET (dequeuer) mechanisms are supported).
  • Update message contents and/or message visibility timeout. For this, message must be dequeued.
  • Delete one or more messages. For this, message must be dequeued.
  • Copy/paste messages from one queue to another in same or different storage account.
  • Clear queue i.e. delete all messages from a queue without deleting the queue.
  • Monitor queue.
  • Configure CORS settings for queue service.
  • Configure Storage Analytics settings for queue service.

Table Service

There’s a limited support for managing tables/entities in this release. Following features are currently supported:

  • List tables in a storage account. You can also search for tables by prefix.
  • Create new table.
  • Delete one or more tables.
  • Manage table access policies.
  • Create SAS on tables.
  • Create new entities in a table.
  • Configure CORS settings for table service.
  • Configure Storage Analytics settings for table service.

Please note that managing entities is still not supported. This will be included in the upcoming releases.

Cerulean v/s Azure Management Studio

So far there has been very little overlap in features between Cerulean and Azure Management Studio. With this release, we have started bringing features available in Azure Management Studio into Cerulean. We’re still not there and would take us some good time to bring all the features that are available in Azure Management Studio into Cerulean. For storage related features, we have built a feature comparison matrix so that you can decide if you should continue to use Azure Management Studio or switch to Cerulean. You can see this matrix here: https://www.cerebrata.com/azure-services/azure-storage#Comparison.

More About Cerulean

Cerulean is the latest Azure management tool from Cerebrata. It is a cross-platform desktop tool (i.e. runs on Windows, Mac and Linux) and enables you to manage data in your Azure Cosmos DB (DocumentDB & Graph API), Redis Cache, Search, Service Bus and Storage accounts from the convenience of your desktop on a platform of your choice,

You can read more about Cerulean here: https://www.cerebrata.com/products/cerulean.

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