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What is Azure Storage Queue?

By: Netreo
August 16, 2015

Azure Storage Queue is a type of message queuing services provided by Azure that provides queue storage infrastructure for a REST-based interface, within and between different applications and services.  

Azure Queue storage service enables storing large numbers of messages that can be accessed from anywhere via authenticated calls using HTTP or HTTPS. 

What is Azure Storage Queue used for?

It primarily helps in the assured delivery of system messages between and within applications. Queues can be used to offload background and non-interactive workloads that ultimately help with scaling applications and in managing sudden traffic bursts. Azure Storage Queue enables storing messages until the system is available to process queues further.

Azure Queue storage allows application components to communicate with each other by decoupling system components. These components can communicate in the cloud, on the desktop, on-premises, or on mobile devices without depending on each other. If a component crashes, Azure Storage Queue can buffer requests until it is back up and able to process requests again.

Azure Storage provides a number of client libraries that interact with Azure Storage to provide support for application component failures. A single queue message can be up to 64 KB in size, and a queue can contain millions of messages, up to the total capacity limit of a storage account.

What to monitor in Azure Storage Queue?

Some key conditions and metrics to monitor in Azure Storage Queue are;

  • Availability of Storage Queue
  • Number of messages in the queue
  • Total requests (Write, Read and Delete Requests)

How can Netreo help in monitoring Storage Queues?

Netreo’s Azure Storage Monitoring Services provides a powerful set of monitoring features for Microsoft Azure Storage. Always know that it is keeping tabs on the most important information and presenting it to you in dashboards, charts and reporting.

  • Track and scale based on queue-specific metrics
  • Visualize queue availability statistics
  • Get alerted when storage is down or slow

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