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Solving Shared Storage Services Challenges with Native Cloud File Services – Part 1 (Compatibility and Continuity)

November 12, 2018

Topics: Azure NetApp Files File Services

When it comes to shared storage in the cloud, enterprises face all of the challenges of running a major workload in the cloud – in addition to scaling up unlimited amounts of storage, ensuring compatibility with host client data formats and operating systems, and guaranteeing availability. NetApp® Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files solve the biggest file services challenges, pairing NetApp’s data management capabilities with the scalability of the cloud.

In part 1 of this 3-part blog series, let’s take a look at two major file services and shared storage challenges: compatibility and continuity.

This is part of a series of articles about Azure files


An enterprise file service must be compatible with all host client data formats and operating systems. You need to be able to share files effortlessly, without getting stuck because you’re using the “wrong” system or protocol.

Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files offer shared file access across Windows and UNIX and Linux operating systems, providing users with unparalleled host client data compatibility. This fully managed service, built on NetApp technology, supports SMB, NFSv3, and (coming soon!) NFSv4 protocols. No matter what system or protocols you use, Cloud Volumes Service will be compatible.


When it comes to running an enterprise file service, any disruption in normal operation can negatively impact business. Whether an outage is caused by a disaster or through an update process, it’s essential to ensure the availability of file shares, with zero downtime and data loss.

The low latency of Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files allows predictable performance that other file share services can’t guarantee. The service comes with always-on protection, built in with encryption of data at rest, with encryption in transit for SMB connections and over VPNs, high availability, and NetApp reliability. That means your data is always available and protected, no matter what.

Experience Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files

Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files provide rich features that help you to better manage your data with consistently high performance. Register now to access cloud-native file services on the cloud platform of your choice: Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud. Get started and learn how easy it is to manage, protect, and restore your file data.

In Part 2, we’ll examine data migration and synchronization, and in part 3 we’ll explore data protection, security, and performance.

David Boland, NetApp I Jared Reimer, Cascadeo

NetApp I Jared Reimer, Cascadeo