Whoa. This sounds to be a promising value add – the Windows Azure Import/Export Service. Essentially securely ship hard disk drives to a Windows Azure data center. Once received, Microsoft will transfer the data to your Azure storage account. This is a great opportunity to import and export massive amounts of data more effectively, rather than trying to chew up valuable bandwidth.
Here are some resources that you can reference regarding this new service:
- Scott Guthrie’s blog article that includes an announcement regarding the new service.
- *Recommended* The Windows Azure Import/Export Service documentation page.
- Azure Storage Services REST API reference, so that you query the status of your storage, for example.
I am curious how many organizations will take advantage of this feature.