Simple, secure, and serverless enterprise-grade cloud file shares.
Fully managed serverless file shares
Take advantage of fully managed file shares in the cloud that are accessible via the industry-standard SMB and NFS protocols. Azure Files shares can be mounted concurrently by cloud or on-premises deployments of Windows, Linux, and macOS. Azure Files shares can also be cached on Windows Servers with Azure File Sync for fast access near where the data is being used.
Serverless file shares
Distributed file system built from the ground up to be highly available and durable—no hidden IaaS VMs or NAS filers.
Built for Hybrid with File Sync
Transform your Windows Servers into caches of your cloud shares without giving up on-premises performance.
Different tiers are used to tailor your shares to your performance requirements and competitive price points.
Multiple protocols support
Provides support for multiple protocols enabling data to be stored from different sources.
Migrate your Windows file server easily
Lift and shift your file shares to the cloud without breaking existing links non-disruptively:
- Migrate existing servers with no downtime.
- Use Storage Migration Service and Azure File Sync to make your migration a breeze.
Build Hybrid cloud file shares
Whether you mount your Azure Files share directly or use Azure File Sync to cache on premises, Azure Files is the natural choice for cloud file shares.
Use Azure Files for FSLogix user profile data with Azure Virtual Desktop
Persistent shared file storage for containers
Comprehensive security and compliance, built in
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Fully managed file shares in the cloud, accessible via the SMB and NFS protocols.
Azure Files shares can be mounted concurrently by cloud or on-premises deployments of Windows, macOS, and Linux. Enable file sharing between applications running in your virtual machines using familiar Windows APIs or the Azure Files REST API. Additionally, Azure File Sync allows caching and synchronization of Azure Files shares on Windows Servers for local access.
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Trusted by companies of all sizes
Carhartt's project included building a complete Commvault-based backup solution for the new SAP S/4HANA environments, Azure NetApp Files for high-performance file storage, and using Load Balancer to optimize application availability and performance.
"Using Azure Files with Azure File Sync has absolutely changed the way we manage servers in our local offices. We no longer worry about a server failing in the office. It's been life changing."
Andy Kimura, Senior Manager and Director of IT Infrastructure and Support, Kleinfelder
"Now we have one Azure file storage account that we sync across the globe to keep everyone collaborating easily. Everyone works together easily."
Sebastian Lilienthal, Senior IT Cloud Architect, PUMA
Azure Files resources and documentation
Planning your deployment
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