Azure Premium Files is now available in limited preview

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018

Azure Premium Files provides fully managed file services, optimized to deliver consistent performance at 100 times improvement from the existing Azure Files. It's designed for IO intensive enterprise workloads that require high throughput and a single digit millisecond latency. With the introduction of Premium Files, Azure now offers you a choice for two types of shared files storage to fit your workload needs—premium and standard.


New Premium Files stores data on the latest solid-state drives (SSDs), which makes it suitable for wide variety of workloads like file services, databases, web infrastructure, content and collaboration repositories, analytics, home directories, high variable, and batch workloads, among many others.  


Currently, Premium Files storage preview is available in the following regions, and we will be gradually expanding the region coverage:  

·                 Central US 

·                 East US 2 

·                 West US 

·                 North Europe


To sign up for the limited preview of premium file shares, complete the Premium Preview sign-up survey, and then submit a request to enroll your subscription for Azure Premium Files preview by running the following PowerShell. 


Register-AzureRmProviderFeature -FeatureName AllowPremiumFiles -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Storage 


To verify successful registration approval, run the following command:


Get-AzureRmProviderFeature -FeatureName AllowPremiumFiles -ProviderNamespace  Microsoft.Storage


It may take up to five business days to receive an approval. Depending on the demand and scenario fit, we may not be able to accommodate every request



For the limited period in the preview, Azure Premium Files storage will be free. Refer to the pricing page for further details.


Learn more about Premium Files.

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