Azure NetApp Files Now Generally Available

Azure NetApp Files, cloud file storage and data management service from Microsoft and NetApp, is now generally available.

Microsoft has announced the general availability (GA) of Azure NetApp Files, which, the company claims - is the industry’s first bare-metal cloud file storage and data management service.
The solution is an Azure first-party service for migrating and running the most demanding enterprise file-workloads in the cloud . It is a combination of NetApp’s proven and industry-leading ONTAP technology with the scale, reach, and enterprise capabilities of Azure.
Source: Microsoft Azure
"We wanted an on-premise like performance for our reservoir simulation and analysis software. We were thrilled to see Azure NetApp Files exceeding our expectations with an over 5x performance increase. Most importantly, the massive scale-up/down capability of Azure NetApp Files now allows for pure cloud-based consumption of both capacity AND performance," said Juan Pedro Bretti, Digital Transformation Engineer, E&P at Repsol
A fully managed cloud service, Azure NetApp Files, has full Azure portal integration and access via REST API and Azure SDKs, and soon via Azure CLI and PowerShell. It is built and operated with Azure’s industry-leading standards for security. And it also benefits from the multi-layered security provided by Microsoft across its physical datacenters, infrastructure, and operations.
The service allows easy migration of data across on-premises and cloud infrastructures using Cloud Sync(a NetApp service for rapid, security-enhanced data synchronization). This simplifies lift and shift and DevOps scenarios with capabilities like instantaneous snapshot, restore, and Active Directory integration (for SMB).