Hidden Feature of Blob Storage

By StorageProvider.info team
May 30, 2020 | 2 mins
Hidden Feature of Blob Storage

It’s easy to forget that blob storage has a good reason to be birthed into the cloud era. Over the years this has became the standard way for most companies to store and serve videos, user generated content or other web assets. All these “traditional” digital assets are now stored in these buckets of cloud magic.

If you’re just storing your assets in a bucket, you’re doing it wrong

Blob storage has one main advantage that I feel is often overlooked. Which is that it’s flexible enough to do file-replacing operations during your file submission.

For example; Say you’re uploading your static website to your Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure bucket. What you’ll want to do is after this – Well, preferably during, but let’s assume we don’t want to change the release procedure at this time – release has been uploaded, run a program to modify all static assets’s contents by minifying them.

Minifying the content could mean compressing images, minifying your HTML, CSS and javascript files, as well as setting the correct headers so that should you use a CDN, your CDN will keep your static assets in cache for as long as possible.

The best part about this is that all this can be automated on the supplier or customer side. It’s therefor important to know which storage provider you wish to use when you’re about to set foot in the digital realm of cloud storage.

Use event hooks to optimize or compress files when they’re being uploaded to the bucket

At storageprovider.info we strongly recommend to take into account the power of event hooks when comparing providers. They will unlock the true power of blob storage.