The Azure Blob storage is the most important element in the architecture. Users need to register a storage account in Azure in order to create the volume containers and the volumes there. The storage account adjusts the redundancy settings (e.g. GRS, LRS) to define Blob storage availability. The virtual array draws on this storage to deposit suitable data blocks.
The StorSimple manager is the central management tool used to administer all StorSimple installations; it is accessed exclusively via a web browser, and therefore does not require installation of any local management tools.