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SFTP and FTP for Azure Blob and Files Storage

Being able to ingest data into Azure Blob and File storage is important for organizations on their cloud transformation journey, especially those in Finance, Insurance and Health. A simple and easy to use SFTP as a Service solution is also often preferred over managing infrastructure and opening up cloud infrastructure for access to enable these methods.

Couchdrop offers a simple, secure and scalable SFTP and FTP as a Service platform that provides what you would expect from a traditional SFTP server except with an easy to use interface, file workflows and automation and the fact it sits as a layer on top of your own storage, all while remaining fully hosted and managed.

Couchdrop’s Cloud SFTP does not store, retain or sync your data if bringing your own storage, as it is streamed there in real-time and is SOC2 compliant as well as has its Cyber Essentials certification.

Configuring SFTP / FTP for Azure storage solutions are easy and only take a few minutes to get going, the steps are:

  • Step 1. Create a Couchdrop account
  • Step 2. Connect your Azure Blob or File Storage
  • Step 3. Create additional users
  • Step 4. Connect via SFTP or FTP

Step 1. Create a Couchdrop account

Simply navigate to Couchdrop and create an account. Not to worry, Couchdrop offers a 14-day free trial with no credit card required.

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Create Couchdrop Account

Step 2. Connect your Azure Blob or File Storage

Within the Couchdrop product navigate to Administration > Storage Connections and Add Storage integration > Azure Files / Blob.

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Selecting Azure Blob to connect to Couchdrop

Provide Couchdrop with the following information then Save Storage

  • Azure account name
  • Azure account key
  • Azure container name
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Connecting an Azure Blob to Couchdrop for SFTP / FTP

Step 3. Create additional users

Now in the above administration navigation panel select User Accounts > Create New User.

Provide the user with the below then select Save User Settings:

  • Username
  • Password / RSA Key
  • Select their root directory
  • Confirm file operations
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Creating an SFTP / FTP user to connect to Azure

Step 4. Connect via SFTP or FTP

Using the below information you can now connect via SFTP / FTP

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Connecting to the Azure storage via SFTP in a terminal, also works fine with CyberDuck, FileZilla and any other client that supports SFTP / FTP

For more information or to get started jump across to couchdrop.io or for more guides see community.couchdrop.io

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