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 organizations 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 synchronization. Simplify lift and shift and DevOps scenarios with capabilities like 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
- Azure has more compliance certifications than any other cloud 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.
Three performance tiers allow you to optimize Azure NetApp Files for your workload and spending requirements. Choose from Standard, Premium, and Ultra tiers.Get pricing details
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"We tested Azure NetApp Files during preview. It empowers us to migrate our on-premises workloads easily and seamlessly to Azure, removing the complexity of managing enterprise NFS storage systems on our own."Christian Gruetzner, Storage Services Architect, All for One Steeb AG
"We wanted an on-premise like performance for our reservoir simulation and analysis software. We were thrilled to see Azure NetApp Files exceeding our expectations with an over 5x performance increase. Most importantly, the massive scale-up/down capability of Azure NetApp Files now allows for pure cloud-based consumption of both capacity AND performance."Juan Pedro Bretti, Digital Transformation Engineer, E&P at Repsol
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, reach out to your Microsoft account executive or submit an online 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 databases, enterprise apps, analytics, technical applications, and messaging queues; and Ultra for most performance-intensive applications like those in high performance computing.
NFS and SMB on top of Azure NetApp Files are supported to be used for the SAP application layer. NFS 4.1 shares are supported by SAP to be used for SAP HANA data and log volumes with the HANA-certified Azure virtual machine types that are listed here. For details on how to configure and deploy these scenarios, please refer to the documentation.