Azure NetApp Files

Enterprise file storage,
powered by NetApp

A Microsoft Azure native, high performance file storage service for your core business applications.

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Run your most demanding Linux & Windows file-workloads in Azure

Azure NetApp Files (ANF) makes it super-easy for enterprise LOB and storage professionals to migrate and run complex, performance-intensive and latency-sensitive applications with no code-change. ANF is widely used as the underlying shared file-storage service in these scenarios: Migration (lift-and-shift) of POSIX compliant Linux and Windows applications, SAP HANA, Databases, HPC infra and apps, and enterprise web-applications


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    Support for multiple protocols enables “lift & shift” of both Linux & Windows applications to run seamlessly in Azure.

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    Multiple performance tiers allow for close alignment with workload performance requirements.

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    Deep integration into Azure enables a seamless & secure Azure experience, with no learning or management overhead.

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    Leading certifications including SAP HANA, GDPR, and HIPAA enables migration of the most demanding workloads to Azure.


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  • Get extreme file performance

    Migrate and run your most demanding Linux & 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 VDI.

  • Simplify storage management

    Set up in minutes, and manage seamlessly, like 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, v4.1 and SMB 3.1.x, enables a wide range of application lift-and-shift scenarios, with no need for code changes. ANF comes with 3 performance tiers: Standard, Premium, and Ultra that can be provisioned with a simple click, allowing unmatched flexibility.

  • Migrate with confidence

    Get the peace of mind with the industry leading security and compliance portfolio of Azure. Critical capabilities in this area include FIPS-140-2 compliant data encryption at rest, RBAC, AD authentication, and export policies for network-based ACLs. ANF also complies with leading industry certifications like HIPAA, and GDPR. This, along with a default 99.99 percent availability for ANF means that you can migrate & securely run industry applications in Azure, with confidence.


Built to Azure security standards

  • Microsoft invests over USD1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
  • Microsoft employs more than 3,500 security experts focused on securing your data and privacy.
  • Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.
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Performance-aligned pricing

  • ANF comes with 3 performance tiers: Standard, Premium, and Ultra that can be provisioned with a simple click. This allows you the flexibility to choose a performance tier aligned with the workload requirements and optimize spend management.
  • Purchase Azure NetApp Files and get support through your existing Azure agreement, with no up-front or separate term agreement.
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Frequently asked questions about Azure NetApp Files.
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  • Where is Azure NetApp Files available?

    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.

  • How can I buy Azure NetApp Files?

    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.

  • What are the recommended workloads for Azure NetApp Files?

    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; and Ultra for most performance-intensive applications like those in high performance computing. More information on solution architectures using Azure NetApp Files can be found in the documentation here.

  • Are SAP workloads on Azure supported to leverage Azure NetApp Files?

    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 listed here.