Yesterday, Microsoft announced the general availability for Azure Data Box Disks.
For those who don’t know what this is, Azure Data Box Disks are basically a fast (SSD disk based), reliable and secure solution to do offline data transfer to Azure.
It’s been a while since Microsoft announced the preview program, and that was available only for the EU and US regions. General availability is for EU, US, Australia and Canada. As Microsoft promised, the service is expanding to more Azure data centers worldwide.
When compared to the Azure Import/Export service, using the Azure Data Box Disks is, in theory, a simpler process, since Microsoft will provide the disks and handle all the logistics.
We’ll have to wait and see where Microsoft will drive this service towards, since the expectation of some customers is to see it handle other things, besides just simple data transfer, such as initial seeding for Azure Backups.