Azure NetApp Files

Enterprise file storage, powered by NetApp

Run your most demanding Linux and Windows file workloads in Azure

Running performance-intensive and latency-sensitive file workloads in the cloud can be hard. Azure NetApp Files makes it easy for enterprise line-of-business (LOB) and storage professionals to migrate and run complex, file-based applications with no code change. Azure NetApp Files is widely used as the underlying shared file-storage service in various scenarios. These include migration (lift and shift) of POSIX-compliant Linux and Windows applications, SAP HANA, databases, high-performance compute (HPC) infrastructure and apps, and enterprise web applications.

Support for multiple protocols enables lift and shift of both Linux and Windows apps to run seamlessly in Azure

Multiple performance tiers allow for close alignment with workload performance requirements

Deep integration with Azure enables a seamless and highly secure Azure experience, with no learning or management overhead

Leading certifications, including SAP HANA, GDPR and HIPPA, enable migration of the most demanding workloads to Azure

Get extreme file performance

Migrate and run your most demanding Linux and Windows file workloads in Azure, powered by NetApp’s industry-leading technology.

Get bare-metal performance, sub-millisecond latency and integrated data management for your complex enterprise workloads, including SAP HANA, HPC, LOB applications, high-performance file shares and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Simplify storage management

Set up in minutes and manage seamlessly, as with any other Azure service, using the familiar Azure portal experience, CLI, PowerShell or REST API. Support for multiple file-storage protocols in a single service, including NFSv3, NFSv4.1 and SMB3.1.x, enables a wide range of application lift-and-shift scenarios, with no need for code changes.

Azure NetApp Files comes with three performance tiers: Standard, Premium and Ultra. These can be provisioned with a simple click, allowing unmatched flexibility.

Migrate with confidence

Gain peace of mind with the industry’s leading security and compliance portfolio. Critical capabilities in this area include FIPS-140-2-compliant data encryption at rest, role-based access control (RBAC), Active Directory authentication and export policies for network-based access control lists (ACLs).

Azure NetApp Files complies with leading industry certifications, such as HIPPA and GDPR. With default 99.99-per cent availability, this means you can migrate and run industry applications in Azure with confidence.

Why trust Azure NetApp Files?

  • Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.

  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts completely dedicated to your data security and privacy.

  • Azure has more compliance certifications than any other cloud service provider. View the comprehensive list.

Performance-aligned pricing

  • Azure NetApp Files comes with three performance tiers – Standard, Premium and Ultra – that can be provisioned with a simple click. This gives you the flexibility to choose a tier that’s aligned with your workload requirements and to optimise spending.
  • Purchase Azure NetApp Files and get support through your existing Azure agreement, with no upfront or separate term agreement.

Getting started with Azure NetApp Files

Learn how to get started with tutorials and documentation.

Learn more about performance and service levels.

Azure NetApp Files updates, blogs and announcements

Frequently asked questions about Azure NetApp Files

  • Azure NetApp Files continues to be rolled out in new Azure regions. See the most current availability information: Azure products by region.
  • 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, contact your Microsoft account executive or submit a request.
  • 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 SAP HANA, databases, enterprise apps, VDI, analytics, technical applications and messaging queues.
    • Ultra for most performance-intensive applications like those in high-performance computing.

    Get more information on solution architectures using Azure NetApp Files.

  • NFS and SMB on top of Azure NetApp Files can be used for the SAP application layer. NFSv4.1 shares are supported by SAP to be used for SAP HANA data and log volumes with various HANA-certified Azure virtual machine types.
  • Azure NetApp Files (ANF) cross-region replication is a new disaster recovery capability from ANF and is currently in preview. To join the public preview waiting list, visit https://aka.ms/anfcrrpreviewsignup.

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