We changed our name from IT Central Station: Here's why

Azure NetApp Files vs Microsoft Azure File Storage comparison

You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Featured Review
Find out what your peers are saying about Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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.""Its security and ease of use are most valuable.""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.""Since we have NetApp's internally, we use the SnapMirror predominantly for this process in the cloud which is beneficial."

More Azure NetApp Files Pros →

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

More Microsoft Azure File Storage Pros →

"Reserved Instances for Azure NetApp Files would improve more use cases, making them more valuable in Azure as the cost would be reduced.""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.""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."

More Azure NetApp Files Cons →

"The initial setup is complex. Unless you have done it a few times it, it is going to be hard.""Lacks integration with other platforms.""Microsoft Azure File Storage is not that scalable. Once you reach the boundaries, you need to migrate to another solution.""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.""The solution should support all the legacy storage systems.""The storage account key could be a security issue."

More Microsoft Azure File Storage Cons →

Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • More Azure NetApp Files Pricing and Cost Advice →

  • "For one terabyte of data, we are spending about 150 Euro every month."
  • More Microsoft Azure File Storage Pricing and Cost Advice →

    Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Public Cloud Storage Services solutions are best for your needs.
    564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.
    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: 
    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: 
    It was quick to synchronize back from Azure to the on-premise server.
    Top Answer: 
    For one terabyte of data, we are spending about 150 Euro every month; but we are using the solution at a basic level with standard storage (HDDs and not SDDs). It has been difficult to understand the… more »
    Average Words per Review
    Average Words per Review
    Also Known As
    NetApp ANF, ANF
    MS Azure File Storage
    Learn More

    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
    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.

    Learn more about Microsoft Azure File Storage
    Sample Customers
    SAP, Restaurant Magic
    Talon, Camden
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Computer Software Company35%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Azure NetApp Files is ranked 6th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 4 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), Microsoft Azure Block Storage, Dropbox and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, whereas Microsoft Azure File Storage is most compared with Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Amazon S3 Glacier, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and Oracle Database Backup Service. See our Azure NetApp Files vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage report.

    See our list of best Public Cloud Storage Services vendors.

    We monitor all Public Cloud Storage Services reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.