Azure NetApp Files

Migrate and run your most demanding file workloads in Microsoft Azure using a native, high-performance file storage service.
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Why Azure NetApp Files?

Companies are searching for ways to deploy file workloads in the cloud without sacrificing performance, reliability, or business-critical data management. Azure NetApp Files is a fully managed Microsoft service that will take your business, applications, and workflows to the cloud faster and more securely than ever before.

Performance by the numbers

    • 99.99% 

    • availability
    • 4.5 GiBps 

    • per volume
    • 100TB 

    • per volume

Use cases

Reduce time, risk, and resource load

Enterprise applications like SAP are critical to your success. Ensure your data and business processes remain safe and reliable in the cloud. Unlock the full capabilities of Azure without extra risk, cost, or time. Trust the only enterprise file service native to Azure.


Migrate databases to the cloud

Manage your cloud migration easily with Azure NetApp Files, which brings simplicity, performance, and security for all major databases. The leading Azure-native file service offers high-level performance, scalability, and security, making it easier to store and retrieve data across thousands of connections without risking business continuity.

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Maintain industry specialization

Bring your industry expertise with you to the cloud. Azure NetApp Files supports multiple industry platforms including EPIC. The performance capabilities allow you to speed up medical imaging transfer and data management, improve clinical data security, and get sub-millisecond latency NFS storage. Regardless of industry, Azure NetApp Files has you covered.

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Azure NetApp Files is built for simplicity, performance, and compliance. You gain a better understanding of your infrastructure, achieve high performance and reliability requirements, and protect and optimize your services.
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Migrate and run your most demanding Linux and Windows file workloads in Azure, powered by NetApp industry-leading technology. Get bare-metal performance, sub-millisecond latency, and integrated data management for your complex enterprise workloads, including SAP HANA, high-performance computing, LOB applications, high-performance file shares, and virtual desktop infrastructure.

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Set up in minutes and manage seamlessly, using the familiar Azure portal experience, CLI, PowerShell, or REST API. Azure NetApp Files supports multiple file-storage protocols in a single service, including NFSv3 and v4.1 and SMB 3.1.x, to enable a wide range of application lift-and-shift scenarios, with no need for code changes.

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

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Support for multiple protocols – at the same time – enables lift and shift of both Linux and Windows applications to run seamlessly in Azure. 

Data protection

Advanced data protection features include fast, highly efficient Snapshot copies and instant dataset cloning. Easily get your data in and out of their Azure environments with ease.


Deep integration with Azure enables a seamless and secure Azure experience, with no storage-centric learning to create, manage and protect your business data.


Leading certifications, including use with SAP HANA, GDPR, HIPAA, and FedRAMP, enable migration of the most demanding workloads to Azure.


We wanted on-premises-like performance for our reservoir simulation and analysis software. We were thrilled to see Azure NetApp Files exceeding our expectations with a performance increase of more than 5 times.

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Built to Azure security standards

Azure NetApp Files leverages Azure’s powerful built-in security infrastructure.

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Research and investment

Microsoft invests more than US$1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.


Bridging security gaps

Microsoft employs more than 3,500 security experts, who are focused on securing your data and privacy.

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Trusted certifications

Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list of Microsoft compliance offerings.

Performance-aligned pricing

Azure NetApp Files comes with three performance tiers, Standard, Premium, and Ultra, which can be provisioned and changed on-the-fly with a simple click. This flexibility allows you to choose a performance tier that’s aligned with your workload requirements and to manage your spending.

Purchase Azure NetApp Files and get support through your existing Azure agreement, with no up-front or separate term agreement.

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Explore NetApp Cloud Services for Azure

One way to get your feet wet is to receive a free customized onboarding session for Azure NetApp Files. Learn performance and networking tips to achieve maximum benefit from day one.


Where is Azure NetApp Files available?

Azure NetApp Files continues to be rolled out in new Azure regions. See the most current availability information.

What are the recommended workloads?

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.
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). Reach out to your Microsoft account executive or submit a request.

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