Azure NetApp Files

Enterprise-grade Azure file shares, powered by NetApp

Run your most demanding file-based workloads in Azure

Migrate and run enterprise file applications without the need for code changes. Azure NetApp Files is built on the NetApp ONTAP storage OS, and sold and supported by Microsoft. Set up in minutes and seamlessly migrate your Linux and Windows applications, with a consistent Azure experience and on-premises-like performance.

Support for multiple file access protocols, letting you lift and shift complex Linux and Windows apps to run seamlessly in Azure

Multiple performance tiers so you can closely align spending with specific workload requirements

Rich data management, including instantaneous snapshot and restore for backup and DevOps scenarios

Deep integration with Azure for built-in security and a consistent experience, with minimal learning or management overhead

Enable a seamless Azure experience

Azure NetApp Files is a fully managed cloud service with full Azure portal integration and access via REST API, CLI or PowerShell. Importantly, it’s sold and supported by Microsoft and is not a marketplace offering. Seamlessly migrate and run applications in the cloud, without worrying about procuring or managing storage infrastructure. Purchase Azure NetApp Files and get support through your existing Azure agreements, with no up-front or separate term agreement.

Count on the power of ONTAP

Industry-leading NetApp ONTAP serves hundreds of thousands of customers and has earned the trust of enterprise organisations over decades. The technology provides proven protocol support, including support for NFSv3 and SMB 3.1. It enables powerful data management with scheduled snapshots of datasets, high availability and high performance. Learn more about ONTAP.

Get advanced security for your business-critical data

Azure NetApp Files gives you FIPS-140-2-compliant data encryption at rest, role-based access control (RBAC), Active Directory authentication (enabled for SMB) and export policies for network-based access control lists.

Extend support for hybrid scenarios

Easily replicate data across on-premises and cloud infrastructures using Cloud Sync – a NetApp service for rapid, security-enhanced data synchronisation. Simplify lift and shift and DevOps scenarios with capabilities such as instantaneous snapshot and restore and Active Directory integration (for SMB) that work the same way in the cloud and on-premises storage environments. Integrated data replication and backup will be available in the near future. Learn more about Cloud Sync.

Built to Azure security standards

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  • Azure has more compliance certifications than any other cloud service provider. View the comprehensive list.
  • Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
  • Azure NetApp Files provides enhanced data security with virtual private network access.

Performance-aligned pricing

Three performance tiers allow you to optimise Azure NetApp Files for your workload and spending requirements. Choose from Standard, Premium and Ultra tiers.

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Documentation and training

Enable a consistent Azure experience

Learn about REST API, PowerShell and Azure CLI access.

Learn more about Azure NetApp Files

Azure NetApp Files at Ignite 2018

Watch introductory and advanced sessions about file storage for your most demanding enterprise workloads.

Community and Azure support

Ask questions and get support from Microsoft engineers and Azure community experts on MSDN and Stack Overflow, or chat with an Azure support specialist.

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Create your Azure free account if you don’t already have one.
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Frequently asked questions about Azure NetApp Files

  • Azure NetApp Files continues to be rolled out in new Azure regions. The most current availability information can be found on the Azure Products by Region page.
  • Like other Azure services, Azure NetApp Files can be provisioned and consumed against your existing Azure agreement(s). Due to overwhelming demand and to provide an optimal experience, onboarding currently takes place via whitelisting. To request whitelisting, get in touch with your Microsoft account executive or submit an online request.
  • We expect whitelisting to continue until we‘ve successfully increased capacity to meet demand. We’re targeting September 2019 for full Azure portal, self-provisioning capabilities.
  • Azure NetApp Files can support any POSIX-compliant workload that requires shared file storage. The service is offered in three performance tiers to fit your workloads: Standard for static web content, file shares and database backups; Premium, comparable to mainstream SSD performance and suitable for databases, enterprise apps, analytics, technical applications and messaging queues; and Ultra for most performance-intensive applications such as those in high-performance computing.
  • We’ve tested SAP file shares with Azure NetApp Files for application-level high availability and plan to support SAP HANA in the near future, after Azure NetApp Files is certified by SAP.

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