Azure NetApp Files
Enterprise-grade Azure file shares, 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 HIPAA, 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, like HIPAA and GDPR. With default 99.99-percent 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 who are dedicated to data security and privacy.
Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.
- Azure NetApp Files comes with three performance tiers—Standard, Premium, and Ultra—that can be provisioned with a simple click. This allows you the flexibility to choose a tier that’s aligned with your workload requirements and to optimize spending.
- Purchase Azure NetApp Files and get support through your existing Azure agreement, with no up-front or separate term agreement.
Getting started with Azure NetApp Files
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.
"We wanted an on-premises-like performance for our reservoir simulation and analysis software. We were thrilled to see Azure NetApp Files exceeding our expectations with an over-five-times performance increase."Juan Pedro Bretti, Digital Transformation Engineer, E&P, Repsol
CONA realized significantly improved query performance, flexibility, and cost optimization following migration of our BW on HANA environment to Azure VM scale-out cluster with Azure NetApp Files, and strong collaboration with Microsoft and NetApp teams.Uday Reddy, Director – Cloud Engineering, CONA Services LLC
"We achieved a new level of resiliency with Azure. With Windows Virtual Desktop, powered by Azure NetApp Files, we were able to move over 14,000 employees to a remote work environment over the course of a weekend."Scott Wright, Cloud Architect, Ferguson Enterprises
"Azure NetApp Files (ANF) is a key enabler of our cloud strategy. With ANF, we are able to help our customers deploy SAP HANA environments 30-40% faster and reduce outages by up to 80%, versus the on-premises infrastructures."Lalit Patil, Chief Technology Officer, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud
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, reach out to 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.