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Azure Files

Simple, secure, and serverless enterprise-grade cloud file shares.

Get 100 GB of LRS transaction optimized, hot, and cool files, plus 2 million read, list, and other file operations free every month for 12 months.

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

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.

Optimized TCO

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.
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Build Hybrid cloud file shares

Mount Azure Files shares from anywhere—from on premises to the cloud—giving you a truly hybrid experience. 
 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

Azure Files provides multiple tiers that you can select based on your cost and performance needs.

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Persistent shared file storage for containers

Easily share data between containers using NFS or SMB file shares. Azure Files is tightly integrated with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for easy cloud file storage and management of your data.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

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Get started with an Azure free account


Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 40+ other services that are always free.


After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.


After 12 months, you'll keep getting 40+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

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

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