Microsoft have teamed up with NetApp to enable enterprises to overcome the challenge of deploying file based workloads to the cloud. Over the next few months customers can expect:

  • Rich data management – Azure NetApp Files will support multiple protocols, protocol versions and performance tiers, as well as odder built-in policy-based snapshot functionality, reducing the need for separate data protection solutions.
  • Security – All data that comes in volumes is automatically encrypted at rest and will benefit from the Azure compliance portfolio.
  • Ease of use – Azure NetApp files is a fully integrated Azure service, this is accessible through the Azure portal and manageable through Azure SDKs and command-line tools. It eliminates the provisioning and management overhead that is required for on-premises storage and allows users without storage expertise to leverage NetApp’s powerful ONTAP technology.

How is this accessed?

To join the waiting list click here. From the preview invitation a link will be there to access the preview portal to then access the service. Within  few clicks customers will be able to create their own Azure NetApp files!

What is the pricing like?

During the preview phase Azure NetApp Files will be offered at a reduced price. Preview pricing information will be provided in the preview invitation.