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Azure NetApp Files

Enterprise-grade Azure file shares, powered by NetApp.

Migrating your files to Azure has never been easier. Learn more

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 HIPAA, enable migration of the most demanding workloads to Azure.

An overview of a NetApp account in Azure.

Get extreme file performance

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.

Simplify storage management

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, like HIPAA and GDPR. With default 99.99-percent availability, this means you can migrate and run industry applications in Azure with confidence.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

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Microsoft NetApp Partnership - CEO Interview

This interview, recorded for NetApp Insight 2020, highlights Microsoft-NetApp decades long partnership. In the recent years, joint development of Azure NetApp Files, a high performance, bare-metal, first party Azure service has enabled our joint customers to get the best of NetApp's industry leading storage technologies in Azure.

ANF - Customer Stories Montage

Azure NetApp Files (ANF), a bare-metal, high performance, low latency enterprise file storage service has been enabling businesses to migrate and run the most demanding workloads in the cloud. In this video several of our valued customers share their experiences in the role ANF has played in helping them run SAP HANA, HPC, and large virtual desktop infrastructures in Azure.

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.

  • 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.

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