Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Microsoft and NetApp Unleash the Power of Data Through the Industry’s First Azure Enterprise NFS Service



Strategic partnership introduces Microsoft Azure Enterprise Network File System (NFS) service, powered by NetApp; additional integrations with NetApp Data Fabric.

The new Network File System (NFS) service in the cloud is delivered natively in Azure and powered by NetAppNetApp also announced deeper integrations with Azure in Cloud Control for Microsoft Office 365 and NetApp AltaVault.

Businesses all over the world are embracing cloud to respond faster to customer demands and stay ahead of the competition.

According to IDC, today’s file market is at 28EB with cloud growing faster than on-premises at 24.9 percent through 2021[1].

Data-driven companies focused on cloud-first and hybrid cloud strategies need high-performance ways to fuel mission-critical applications in the cloud by using the same enterprise NFS they already rely on.  These visionary companies know that harnessing data through the power of hybrid cloud is key to becoming truly data driven.

“Organizations are adopting cloud at a rapid pace, yet enterprise-level data services are still needed to truly extend workloads like database analytics, email, DevOps, and disaster recovery into the cloud,” said Amita Potnis, research manager, IDC. 

“With this announcement, NetAppand Microsoft can extend the same Enterprise NFS on which businesses rely without the complexities and administration normally associated with file-based protocols.” 

“We’re excited to partner with NetApp to bring enterprise NFS services natively to Azure. Customers can now bring their applications to Azure and continue to get the scale, performance, and reliability offered by NetApp’s leading data services,” said Tad Brockway, general manager, Microsoft Azure Storage at Microsoft Corp.

“This partnership is a significant step toward further enabling hybrid cloud data services for our mutual customers.” 

Users will be able to access this service directly through the Azure console, delivering superior performance and ease of use. IT leaders will have a transparent reach into premiere cloud data services powered by NetApp. 

NetApp and Microsoft understand that companies require a holistic approach to managing data that is secure, efficient, and future-proof and provides freedom of choice,” said Anthony Lye, senior vice president of the cloud business unit at NetApp.

“This first-of-its-kind solution uses NFS to transform the way companies use the cloud, providing visibility and control across Azure, on-premises, and hosted NFS workloads.”

Cloud architects and storage administrators will now be able to provision, automate, and scale NFS services by using RESTful APIs. Additional data protection services will be offered, starting with on-demand, automated snapshots.

The service will support both V3 and V4 workloads to customers operating in the cloud and the hybrid cloud. It will also integrate with a host of Azure services, including analytics, SQL Server, and SAP Hana for Azure.