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Find out what your peers are saying about Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Since we have NetApp's internally, we use the SnapMirror predominantly for this process in the cloud which is beneficial.""You can change it non-disruptively. You can increase the size and decrease the size online, which is a huge benefit compared to Azure disks. It just works seamlessly. You don't need to stop the instances.""It's elastic, so it scales with our demands. We can start small, then with the addition of customer loads, we can expand on-the-fly without the need to reprovision something."

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"The solution can scale to fit any requirement.""The interface is very good.""The initial setup is fairly easy.""It was quick to synchronize back from Azure to the on-premise server.""General user familiarity with Office 365 products make adopting this solution easy to adopt in production.""Integration with the entire Azure platform."

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Cons
"Reserved Instances for Azure NetApp Files would improve more use cases, making them more valuable in Azure as the cost would be reduced.""I have a hunch that storage could be now the most expensive portion of our monthly bill. So I can imagine that, not this year, but next year we will be talking about looking deeper into ways how we can optimize the cost.""We were looking for a clustered solution that has over-complicated things because we had it in AWS, which is Amazon. There was a solution for clustered NetApp. That meant there would be two NetApps that were not clustered because there was no solution for a cluster. We would like there to be an HA cluster solution."

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"The pricing could be improved. They need to make the costs more transparent so users know what they will be charged and why ahead of time.""Lacks integration with other platforms.""The storage account key could be a security issue.""The solution should support all the legacy storage systems.""The initial setup is complex. Unless you have done it a few times it, it is going to be hard.""Microsoft Azure File Storage is not that scalable. Once you reach the boundaries, you need to migrate to another solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It is expensive in small environments, which could be better. The reason is the four terabyte minimum. A one terabyte minimum would be better.""We are currently on a pay-as-you-go model with the storage that we use.""NetApp is a premium offering, so it's not a cheap product, but it is well-priced. It combines a couple of properties which customers like us are willing to pay. Could it be cheaper? Yes, but if you combine fully supported, fully managed, easily provisioned, scalable, and quick all in one product, it's a good selling point. You can ask a lot of money for all these. If you have a use case like we do, it's a perfect match. It's like the Porsche of storage solutions in the cloud. It is totally worth the cost."

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"For one terabyte of data, we are spending about 150 Euro every month."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Azure NetApp Files is a Microsoft Azure file storage service built on NetApp technology. The platform combines the file capabilities of Azure and NetApp to move critical file-based applications to the… more »
Top Answer: You can change it non-disruptively. You can increase the size and decrease the size online, which is a huge benefit compared to Azure disks. It just works seamlessly. You don't need to stop the… more »
Top Answer: It is expensive in small environments, which could be better. The reason is the four terabyte minimum. A one terabyte minimum would be better, but it is what it is right now. I think it's needed that… more »
Top Answer: Amazon EFS is easy to set up: you can use the AWS management console, API, or command-line. Amazon EFS can grow to petabytes and deliver consistent low latencies and high levels of throughput. This… more »
Top Answer: We have performance issues with Microsoft Azure File Storage. We have a standard version and we have also a premium version. I would like to upgrade to premium but that is not possible on the fly. So… more »
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Also Known As
NetApp ANF, ANF
MS Azure File Storage
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Overview

Extreme File Performance
Azure NetApp Files allows you to target any of your business-critical file workloads with extreme file throughput with sub-millisecond response times.With three service levels you can change on-the-fly, you get the performance that’s best suited to the application.

Simple, Seamless Experience
A seamless Azure experience for your file services workloads. You can deploy and manage Azure NetApp Files directory from the Azure Portal or automate using the Azure API or CLI integration.

Secure Your Data
Built-in capabilities ensure your data is protected at all times in Azure: from always-on encryption to point-in-time data copies (without added capacity costs). And with Microsoft‘s world class support, you can rest assured that you‘re in good hands with Azure.

Fully managed file shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol

Key scenarios:

  • Share data across on-premises and cloud servers
  • Migrate file share-based applications to the cloud with no code changes
  • Integrate modern applications with File storage
  • Simplify hosting for high availability workload data
Offer
Run your most demanding Linux and Windows file workloads in Azure

Running performance-intensive and latency-sensitive file workloads in the cloud can be hard. Use Azure NetApp Files to migrate and run complex, file-based applications and simplify storage management.

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Sample Customers
SAP, Restaurant Magic
Talon, Camden
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company6%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
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Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise56%
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,358 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Azure NetApp Files is ranked 6th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 3 reviews while Microsoft Azure File Storage is ranked 2nd in Public Cloud Storage Services with 6 reviews. Azure NetApp Files is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Azure File Storage is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Azure NetApp Files writes "We can expand our storage on-the-fly without the need to reprovision". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure File Storage writes "A cloud file storage solution that plays well with familiar products but is difficult to configure and build-out". Azure NetApp Files is most compared with NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Dropbox, Microsoft Azure Block Storage and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, whereas Microsoft Azure File Storage is most compared with Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Amazon S3, Amazon S3 Glacier, Oracle Database Backup Service and Google Cloud Storage. See our Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage report.

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