“What you just showed me with Azure NetApp Files in 5 minutes is taking us months to do, if we can do it at all.” Senior Director, Global Retailer, Microsoft Ignite Conference Attendee


As I write this blog post for Insight, I am still fresh off the amazing experience our NetApp Microsoft team enjoyed at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando where we unwrapped Azure NetApp Files, providing live product demos for customers for the first time.


Customers are demanding a seamless and fully managed NFS solution in the cloud and, in case you aren’t aware, Microsoft and NetApp have been working together for a while to solve this problem. Even as you move to the cloud with block and object workloads, the thirty-year-old file services solutions, namely NFSs, are still a preferred architecture; it is not going away. Moving these workloads to the cloud requires a lot of heavy lifting and, as a result, the majority of enterprise and mission-critical workloads continue to remain on-premises. In short, there has been a capability gap.


We are closing that gap with Azure NetApp Files.


A Microsoft Azure service, Azure NetApp Files is powered by NetApp ONTAP technology and solves the challenge of deploying file-based workloads to the cloud while delivering high performance, agility and scale for mission-critical tier-one applications.


Yes, I said a Microsoft Azure service. This is deployed, managed and consumed through your Microsoft Azure portal, even using your Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. It is fully supported by Microsoft so you have seamless support. No extra licenses or SKUs to worry about. And it only takes 5 minutes to set up. It is just that easy.


“Azure NetApp Files is extremely fast, and I have the ability to manage my data with my current agreement. I plan to start this as soon as it’s available.” IT Director, Microsoft Ignite Booth Visitor

A Few Things You Should Know

  • We’ve been in a limited preview for a few months now, testing with some early customers who have helped us fine-tune the solution and who are raving about Azure NetApp Files.
  • We just expanded the preview with updates improving performance even more (think of having your own on-premises, bare-metal, high-dollar storage infrastructure that you can turn on and off on-the-fly without the need for special skills to set-up or optimize).
  • Come and see us at Insight – we will be showing the solution live (not a demo). It takes less than 5 minutes for you to see exactly how it all works.

“We are making a major shift to the cloud across the organization. As we start moving our apps to Azure, we will realize that our architecture is a mess. Azure NetApp Files will be the solution.” Global Bank, Microsoft Ignite Booth Visitor

How You Can Get Onboard with Azure NetApp Files

I’m excited to let you know that with our move into the Azure data center, we will be opening up for more customers. BUT onboarding will be in a controlled fashion to ensure each customer receives a white-glove experience. If you want Azure NetApp Files for yourself, you need to apply through our registration page.


Yes, I want to register to be one of the first to be considered for the NEW Azure NetApp Files preview.


Drop by our booth at Insight and ask for me, Jeff Whitaker. I’d love to show you just what you can do in 5 minutes with Azure NetApp Files.

Jeff Whitaker

Jeff Whitaker is the Sr. Manager, Cloud Solutions Marketing at NetApp. When he is not carving out new horizons in product marketing for Azure NetApp Files for Microsoft Azure, he can be found racing motocross up and down the west coast. You can reach Jeff directly at jeff.whitaker@netapp.com

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