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What is Cloud File Sharing

File shares support some of the most important workloads that enterprise businesses rely on, and the resources of the public cloud have created interesting new possibilities. Every major public cloud provider now offers its own cloud file sharing service, each with its own target workloads and considerations. But not every enterprise will find what they’re looking for in a fully managed, all-cloud service.

Here you can find all of the articles that will help guide you to a better understanding of the cloud file sharing use case, its challenges, and many of the services available for it in the cloud today.

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Cloud File Share Services Challenges

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File Share Service Challenges in the Cloud

There is a host of challenges that come with maintaining an enterprise-grade file share service in the cloud. Do you have a way to ensure you meet service performance SLAs? How do you protect the file data? Can you make sure your shares can meet the strict RTO and RPO points that critical business operations require? Have you considered using a managed service in the cloud instead of running your own file share solution built on cloud resources?

In this post we’ll see how Cloud Volumes ONTAP can be an integral part to making sure your company has a file service that can handle all of these challenges.

Read more about file share service challenges in the cloud here

Secure File Sharing in the Cloud Blog

Secure File Sharing in the Cloud

When it comes to secure file sharing, taking the proper precautions is key. A file share that grants all users full access permissions, lacks defined user roles, automated content restrictions, and leaves shares accessible over the internet is a file share that is at risk.

Are your file sharing policies providing the proper security levels? Is anyone overseeing how data is shared? It’s time to find out how to tighten up your cloud file sharing security precautions using tools that include digital rights management services, cloud access security brokers, cloud storage management solutions such as Cloud Volumes ONTAP, and more.

Read “Secure File Sharing in the Cloud” here

Cloud File Sharing High Availability Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

Cloud File Sharing High Availability Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

The cloud has introduced a new level of complexity to the file sharing use case. Maintaining a single source of truth is a new concept for users who have maintained in-house file systems for years, but it’s one that is essential to cloud file sharing services and guaranteeing their high availability.

This post takes a look at some of the options for creating file syncing technology to guarantee high availability and prevent data loss in custom-built file sharing systems, including Gluster FS and Microsoft Distributed File System Replication. What can go wrong using these solutions?

Read “High Availability File Service Nightmares and How to Avoid Them” here

File Services Cloud Solutions

Cloud File Sharing Services: AWS File Sharing Services with Amazon EFS

Cloud File Sharing Services: AWS File Sharing Services with Amazon EFS

AWS was the first cloud provider to offer a fully managed option for cloud file sharing with Amazon EFS. Amazon EFS gives users on AWS file sharing capabilities over the NFS protocol.

What can users expect from Amazon EFS in terms of storage capacity, throughout, and costs? What options do its users have when they need to serve SMB protocols? In this article we examine Amazon EFS and its capabilities to NetApp’s alternative to cloud file sharing, Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

Read “Cloud File Sharing Services: AWS File Sharing Services with Amazon EFS”  here

EFS Backup: Backing Up NFS Data in AWS

EFS Backup: Backing Up NFS Data in AWS

The cloud doesn’t do everything for you: While some services have internal backup mechanisms, others do not, meaning that it becomes a responsibility that falls exclusively to the customer. That’s the case with NFS file share data stored on Amazon EFS. If you’re using Amazon EFS, you’ll need to make sure that you have an efficient Amazon EFS backup plan in place.

This article will take a look at a number of different Amazon EFS backup methods, including a new AWS tool called AWS Backup Service, performing an EFS to EFS backup, backing up to Amazon S3, using Terraform, and NetApp’s alternative: file share storage services with Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

Read “EFS Backup: Backing Up NFS Data in AWS” here

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Cloud File Sharing Services: Amazon FSx

AWS now offers a fully managed service for SMB file sharing workloads: Amazon FSx for Windows Server. What does Amazon FSx offer users on AWS who need shared file access for Windows workloads? Does it have any of the challenges that have come with other fully managed file services in the cloud? What can Amazon FSx users do if they also need to grant NFS protocol access for their Linux-back workloads?

This article examines this exciting new SMB file sharing service from AWS, taking a look at some of the major use cases for it, profiling the service, and comparing it to the dual-protocol, highly available and scalable file sharing capabilities of NetApp’s Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

Read the full article “Cloud-based File Share Services: Amazon FSx” here

Amazon S3 as a File System? How to Mount S3 as Drive for Cloud File Sharing

Amazon S3 as a File System? How to Mount S3 as Drive for Cloud File Sharing

As the original AWS storage offering, object storage with Amazon S3 has been a mainstay for companies to keep their data in a highly durable and relatively inexpensive storage format. However, more experimental use of the platform is possible, such as configuring Amazon S3 to work as a file system. This can be done by mounting Amazon S3 to either Amazon EC2 in the cloud, an on-prem instance, or other compute resources with the help of third party-tools such as S3FS.

How can you do it? How does it compare to using Amazon EFS? If you set up an Amazon S3 file system, what kind of drawbacks can you expect? Find out all of this and more about mounting Amazon S3 buckets for use as file storage.

Read “Amazon S3 as a File System? How to Mount S3 as Drive for Cloud File  Sharing” here

Cloud File Sharing Services: Azure Files and Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Cloud File Sharing Services: Azure Files and Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Our series that reviews the major cloud providers solutions for cloud file sharing continues with this article on Azure Files, the fully managed file service for SMB connections from Azure.

This overview will give you the latest info on the capabilities of Azure Files to scale, meet performance demands, sync, and protect cloud file sharing data. For comparison, we’ll look at the added value that comes with Cloud Volumes ONTAP—specifically in how it provides access for NFS as well as SMB connections.

Read more in “Cloud File Sharing Services: Azure Files and Cloud Volumes ONTAP”  here

Azure File Storage: Cloud File Sharing Over SMB

Azure File Storage: Cloud File Sharing Over SMB

In this deep dive into Azure Files, we look at the fully managed cloud file sharing solution on Azure for SMB protocol use in detail, profiling the platform’s features for encryption, storage replication, scalability, and file synchronization, as well as some of the major use cases for the file sharing technology.

This post not only provides a review of Azure Files, but also places it in the larger context of Azure’s storage ecosystem. Providing a wide view of Azure storage, you’ll also find out about using object storage for unstructured data, block, and the storage classification systems that Azure uses.

Read more in “Azure File Storage: Cloud File Sharing Over SMB” here

Cloud File Sharing Services: Open-Source Solutions

Cloud File Sharing Services: Open-Source Solutions

Users of file shares have more options than just the major cloud providers’ fully managed offerings to choose from. Open-source file sharing solutions offer a third-party solution to enabling enterprise-level file sharing in the cloud. But is this approach going to be worth the intensive amounts of effort, attention, and costs to configure?

In this post we take a look at two open-source solutions for file sharing in the cloud: GlusterFS and Avere vFXT. What do these solutions require from users and how do they compare to using NetApp’s Cloud Volumes ONTAP?

Find out in “Cloud File Sharing Services: Open-Source Solutions” here

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Azure NAS: Why and How to Use NAS Storage in the Azure

Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems are a cornerstone of the on-prem data storage infrastructure, but how is the cloud beginning to change all of that?

This post takes a look at cloud-based NAS options. NAS in the cloud operates the same way that on-prem NAS systems do, but with the infinite scale and flexibility that the cloud offers, not to mention without having the box to maintain. Since the constructs are identical to those in use in traditional NAS devices, cloud-based NAS storage is an attractive option for those looking to take a first step into the cloud.

In this post we take a look at the NAS offerings that the Azure cloud offers, including NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP for Azure, a NAS option in the cloud that can deal out SMB/ CIFS as well as NFS protocol for the most demanding enterprise file service demands.

Read “Azure NAS: Why and How to Use NAS Storage in Azure” here.

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Azure SMB: Accessing File Shares in the Cloud

The Server Message Block (SMB) protocol has been a solid part of the file sharing ecosystem since it was invented by IBM. This client-server protocol was designed to allow networked printers, file shares, and processes to communicate. As a dialect of SMB, the Common Internet File System (or CIFS) protocol allows Windows and Microsoft devices to access networks over SMB in order to identify other servers, manage files, and carry out any number of file-related tasks.

In this post we take a deep dive into how the SMB protocol works in the cloud, including showing how access permissions work and how Azure uses Active Directory domains and authentication for SMB workloads. In the Azure cloud, SMB and CIFS are served by the native file service, Azure Files. This fully managed file service is one of the most popular ways for enterprises to share data using their Windows-based workloads.

Read “Azure SMB: Accessing File Shares in the Cloud” here.

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Cloud File Sharing Services: Google Cloud Filestore

The latest entrant into the public cloud’s file services market is Google Cloud Filestore. This fully managed file storage offering gives users two high performance service level options for serving the NFSv3 protocol in the cloud. But how does this new offering stack up to some of the more mature options in the cloud?

In this post we take a quick look at this brand-new file service from Google Cloud. What kind of storage capacity does Google Cloud Filestore have and does it come stacked with all of the required features that cloud file shares need, such as data protection with point-in-time snapshots and multi-zone availability? And can Google Cloud users get any additional benefits from running a file share with NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, which is now available on Google Cloud?

Read more in “Cloud File Sharing Services: Google Cloud Filestore” here.

Cloud File Sharing Services with Cloud Volumes ONTAP: Features and How-To Guides

Enterprise File Sharing: How to Set Up Multi-Platform Access with Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Enterprise File Sharing: How to Set Up Multi-Platform Access with Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Enterprise file sharing makes it possible for organizations to share important data to multiple users on a variety of devices, but not all those devices will be able to access the same protocols. Most large organizations use a mix of computing technology with different operating systems. What can an organization that uses both Windows and Linux machines do if a file share needs to provide access to both?

Cloud file sharing with Cloud Volumes ONTAP provides an easy solution since any volume created by the platform can be granted multi-protocol access via either SMB/ CIFS or NFS at any given time. This post shows you how to configure multiprotocol access for Cloud Volumes ONTAP using Cloud Manager.

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Enterprise Data Security for Cloud File Sharing with Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Cloud file sharing provides an excellent way to make data accessible to large numbers of users, but overlooking the security of your shares is asking for trouble. Configuring the proper access controls and permissions is key for enterprise data security. Without taking the proper precautions, your file share is likely to be exposed to threats such as ransomware and accidental deletion.

With file shares hosting data that could be a potential risk not only to the enterprise but to customers, finding a cloud file sharing solution with adequate controls to meet enterprise data security requirements is a must. Find out how Cloud Volumes ONTAP file shares can be secured in this post.

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Cloud File Sharing: How to Enable SMB/ CIFS and NFS File Services with Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Cloud File Sharing: How to Enable SMB/ CIFS and NFS File Services with Cloud Volumes ONTAP

The biggest advantage to cloud file sharing is the shared access it provides users and applications that your enterprise depends on. In many cases that means extending access to workloads that are based in both Windows and Linux operating systems. Unfortunately, the cloud service provider file sharing services don’t have a way for you to do that. NetApp’s Cloud Volumes ONTAP does.

In this how-to post, you’ll read about the differences between the NFS, SMB, and CIFS protocols and get step-by-step instructions to configure Cloud Volumes ONTAP for use with each of them.

Read more in “Cloud File Sharing: How to Enable SMB/CIFS and NFS File Services"

Cloud File Sharing: How to Provision Kubernetes Persistent Volumes for NFS with Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Trident

Cloud File Sharing: How to Provision Kubernetes Persistent Volumes for NFS with Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Trident

Kubernetes is today’s container orchestration platform of choice. Using NFS to share files, enterprises are able to manage persistent storage for Kubernetes pods which makes that data shareable by other pods and across containers. For Cloud Volumes ONTAP users, Trident can automatically provision Kubernetes persistent volumes for NFS file services.

This article takes a deep dive into the benefits of using the NFS file protocol with Kubernetes, and shows coding examples for Trident that can be used to leverage Cloud Volumes ONTAP as your Kubernetes NFS provisioner.

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Cloud File Sharing Backup and Archiving-Blog

Cloud File Sharing: Backup and Archiving

File share data can be lost due to any number of factors: deletion through human error, ransomware attacks, and corruption are just a few of the things that can pose serious threats to a company and its business objectives. A cloud-based file share service needs efficient and cost-effective backup and archiving capabilities to make sure that never happens.

While this is an important part of cloud-based file storage use, not all of the public cloud services deliver the same level of data protection. What steps can file share users take to keep data stored in the primary share backed up in order to limit any kind of corruption or other data loss should something go wrong? Where would these backups be stored, and how exactly are the two versions going to be kept up to date and in sync with each other? What kind of data is required to be kept in archive storage for indefinite periods of time and why? And how exactly is any of this going to happen while keeping costs under control?

Read more in “Cloud File Sharing: Backup and Archiving” here.

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Cloud File Sharing: Scalability and Agility

They are probably the biggest advantages to moving a file share to the cloud: infinite scale and increased levels of agility. What do enterprises gain with a greater ability to meet the changing demands of their file shares, as quickly as possible?  

This entry on our series on cloud file sharing challenges takes an in-depth look at scalability and agility in the major cloud provider file services and compares them with running a file share with Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

You’ll see how well these file services can be scaled up to meet rapid demand peaks and scale down when usage drops. In many cases there are storage limits to consider for the file services from AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, and that may impact users exactly when they need the file share performance to be at its best.

Find out more in “Cloud File Sharing: Scalability and Agility.”

Cloud File Sharing Services Case Studies

Cloud File Sharing with Talon Fast™ and Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Cloud File Sharing with Talon FAST and Cloud Volumes ONTAP

When data is distributed throughout locations, companies have to deal with operations that have become siloed and localized. With all of the benefits to using edge locations for hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures, managing unstructured data in these ecosystems while maintaining high levels of security and compliance without affecting performance demands a lot. How is your company planning on doing that?

Find out how Talon FAST and Cloud Volumes ONTAP work together to consolidate disparate file servers so customers can work with a single data set. You’ll be able to stretch the data fabric to bring active data to any location that can be accessed transparently and with the highest level of performance.

Read more in "Cloud File Sharing with Talon FAST and Cloud Volumes ONTAP" here

Customer Case Studies: Cloud File Sharing Services

Customer Case Studies: Cloud File Sharing Services

Cloud file sharing provides enterprises with an impressive ability to make data accessible for use throughout their organizations, but its challenges can prove to be complex even for the most equipped large business. That’s why so many of these companies have turned to Cloud Volumes ONTAP as a solution for cloud file share services.

In this post you’ll read several case studies of how Cloud Volumes ONTAP helps enterprises store and protect file data more affordably, without losing any performance benefits in verticals as diverse as media, networking, and education.

Read more in “Customer Case Studies: Cloud File Sharing Services"

Achieve Enterprise-Grade Cloud File Sharing Service with Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Achieve Enterprise-Grade Cloud File Sharing Service with Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Read enough about how Cloud Volumes ONTAP can be used to make cloud file sharing possible for enterprises? In this webinar hosted by two of NetApp Cloud Data Services’ key team members, you’ll see for yourself how Cloud Volumes ONTAP makes creating shares for any file protocol simple. You’ll also see how to keep file shares protected, space-efficient, automatable, and usable across hybrid and multicloud architectures.

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