Azure Blob Storage lifecycle management generally available

Data sets have unique lifecycles. Some data is accessed often early in the lifecycle, but the need for access drops drastically as the data ages. Some data remains idle in the cloud and is rarely accessed once stored. Some data expires days or months after creation while other data sets are actively read and modified throughout their lifetimes.

Today we are excited to share the general availability of Blob Storage lifecycle management so that you can automate blob tiering and retention with custom defined rules. This feature is available in all Azure public regions.

Lifecycle management

Azure Blob Storage lifecycle management offers a rich, rule-based policy which you can use to transition your data to the best access tier and to expire data at the end of its lifecycle.

Lifecycle management policy helps you:

  • Transition blobs to a cooler storage tier such as hot to cool, hot to archive, or cool to archive in order to optimize for performance and cost
  • Delete blobs at the end of their lifecycles
  • Define up to 100 rules
  • Run rules automatically once a day
  • Apply rules to containers or specific subset of blobs, up to 10 prefixes per rule

To learn more visit our documentation, “Managing the Azure Blob storage Lifecycle.”


Consider a data set that is accessed frequently during the first month, is needed only occasionally for the next two months, is rarely accessed afterwards, and is required to be expired after seven years. In this scenario, hot storage is the best tier to use initially, cool storage is appropriate for occasional access, and archive storage is the best tier after several months and before it is deleted seven years later.

The following sample policy manages the lifecycle for such data. It applies to block blobs in container “foo”:

  • Tier blobs to cool storage 30 days after last modification
  • Tier blobs to archive storage 90 days after last modification
  • Delete blobs 2,555 days (seven years) after last modification
  • Delete blob snapshots 90 days after snapshot creation
   "rules": [
       "name": "ruleFoo",
       "enabled": true,
       "type": "Lifecycle",
       "definition": {
         "filters": {
           "blobTypes": [ "blockBlob" ],
           "prefixMatch": [ "foo" ]
         "actions": {
           "baseBlob": {
             "tierToCool": { "daysAfterModificationGreaterThan": 30 },
             "tierToArchive": { "daysAfterModificationGreaterThan": 90 },
             "delete": { "daysAfterModificationGreaterThan": 2555 }
           "snapshot": {
             "delete": { "daysAfterCreationGreaterThan": 90 }


Lifecycle management is free of charge. Customers are charged the regular operation cost for the “List Blobs” and “Set Blob Tier” API calls initiated by this feature. To learn more about pricing visit the Block Blob pricing page.

Next steps

We are confident that Azure Blob Storage lifecycle management policy will simplify your cloud storage management and cost optimization strategy. We look forward to hearing your feedback on this feature and suggestions for future improvements through email at As a reminder, we love hearing all of your ideas and suggestions about Azure Storage, which you can post at Azure Storage feedback forum.

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