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In the context of SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition, is it possible to make Azure Blob storage available to a SQL Failover cluster directly as a shared SCSI resource on a Windows Cluster composed on VM's on Azure? An Azure blob is effectively shared storage, and a newly added disk on an Azure VM, does show up as a SCSI disk, before it is converted into a Volume (GPT).

But converting it into a GPT volume on one of the nodes, or on another node defeats the purpose (making that node a single point of failure). The ideal solution should involve directly exposing it to the Windows Cluster (before setting up the SQL Server Cluster).

Does SQL Server support writing to such a shared blob storage, directly, from two clustered instances?

  • as per this link, looks like it is not possible to directly cluster the Azure disks ... – Nishith Feb 4 '14 at 8:04
  • and this link – Nishith Feb 4 '14 at 12:20

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