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We performed a comparison between Azure NetApp Files and Microsoft Azure Block Storage based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Public Cloud Storage Services solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure Block Storage report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"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.""Azure NetApp Files has been stable.""This solution definitely makes us more efficient in being able to provide storage quickly to our customers in the Azure Cloud.""Its security and ease of use are most valuable.""Since we have NetApp's internally, we use the SnapMirror predominantly for this process in the cloud which is beneficial.""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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"Azure Block Storage lets you customize code you can use on that endpoint. If you want to write a logic for something, Azure Function can be used to deploy that application.""It can scale.""The ease of integration with services like CDN and computing makes it compelling and cost-effective.""The initial setup for the production areas was on premise, which is very simple.""This is a very stable solution.""The most important reason we use Azure Block Storage is the ability to store large files. When we were building the solution, we knew we needed to store images and video files that are 100 MBs or more. The second thing is speed when dealing with such large file sizes.""This is a very robust and flexible solution.""Its integration is very easy."

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Cons
"The pricing definitely needs to be improved.""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.""Azure NetApp Files could improve by being more diverse to integrate better with other solutions, such as Splunk and the on-premise version. There are some use cases that are not covered natively by Azure. It is not the best solution because it is not external from the cloud which for me is the best type of solution.""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.""The main hurdle in promoting this solution is the price. Its price definitely requires an improvement. It is more expensive than other options, so customers go for a cheaper option."

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"The performance could be improved, but all the services in the cloud are improved every week.""The solution could have better archival policies and localization of data.""Microsoft Azure Block Storage could improve by having integration with Amazon AWS. The file transfer could be easier.""They could create more readability of files.""The implementation can be quite technical.""Data gathering features could be improved.""There are capacity limitations that could be expanded.""The solution needs a direct connection to visualization."

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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."
  • "Its price is double the price of the premium disks, which is the main reason why customers don't go for this solution in the end."
  • "The price of Azure NetApp Files could be better."
  • "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."
  • "This solution is very expensive compared to the alternatives."
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  • "Azure Block Storage is higher priced than its competitors."
  • "We pay around $300 to $400 a month for some scenarios where consumption is limited. However, going forward, we're seeing the likelihood of the cost coming to around $2,000 as consumption rises."
  • "The price of Microsoft Azure Block Storage could be less expensive."
  • "The cost is very low. The cost is something like $0.01 to $0.50 per gig. It's pay per use. We have a yearly license."
  • "The price of Microsoft Azure Block Storage is less expensive than other solutions on the market, such as Cloud Storage from GCP."
  • "The storage part costs us $223. That's on a monthly basis for 20TB of data storage."
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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:It has easy versioning. The versioning is amenable to any changes. It also has great security. It can only be accessed through an API, and only the requested users can access it. It is optimized… more »
    Top Answer:In terms of pricing, Azure is quite cheaper than AWS. However, I have recently read that Oracle Cloud Generation 2 storage is quite cheaper than Azure. I haven't used it yet. We need to look at a… more »
    Top Answer:We need to do versioning each and every time, that is, check-in and check-out. If a person forgets to do that, then there could be an issue in the replacement of that particular object in the storage… more »
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    5
    Average Words per Review
    624
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    8.6
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    Rating
    8.1
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    Also Known As
    NetApp ANF, ANF
    MS Azure Block 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.

    Massively scalable cloud storage for your applications

    Store and help protect your data. Get durable, highly available data storage across the globe and pay only for what you use.

    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
    Mazda, BlinkBox, Rakuten Showtime, Xbox One, Serko, ChronoDrive
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Retailer22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    REVIEWERS
    Healthcare Company18%
    Retailer18%
    Pharma/Biotech Company18%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise46%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure Block Storage
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure Block Storage and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Azure NetApp Files is ranked 5th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 6 reviews while Microsoft Azure Block Storage is ranked 7th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 20 reviews. Azure NetApp Files is rated 8.6, while Microsoft Azure Block Storage is rated 8.0. 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 Block Storage writes "It lets you customize code you can use on that endpoint". Azure NetApp Files is most compared with NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Microsoft Azure File Storage, Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Nasuni and Dropbox, whereas Microsoft Azure Block Storage is most compared with Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store), Amazon S3 Glacier, Wasabi, Google Cloud Storage Nearline and Zadara. See our Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure Block Storage report.

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