back to article NFS is now on tap in Azure – and NetApp is Microsoft's provider

NetApp is making NFS available as a service in Microsoft's Azure Cloud, enaabling on-premises NFS-using applications to move into Azure. Tad Brockway, Microsoft's general manager for Azure Storage, said: "Customers can now bring their applications to Azure and continue to get the scale, performance, and reliability offered by …

  1. zbmwzm3


    NFS is now "on tap" in Azure...nice one.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Sorry for being a meathead - but I'm curious - is "Microsoft Azure Enterprise Network File System (NFS)" the 'same' Network File Sysem (NFS) that the unix world has been using for decades? Or is it a different Network File System (NFS)?

    1. Buzzword

      Re: NFS?

      Looks like the same NFS. This is a joint development with NetApp, and their existing NAS products use the standard NFS protocol.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Still playing catchup

    to the rest of the world this time, not just AWS

  4. Buzzword

    Migrating without adapting

    : enabling on-premises NFS-using applications to move into Azure

    Great, we're going to see on-premise apps loaded half-arsed into the cloud, without any accommodations for cloud-specific issues (latency, bandwidth, etc.). This is unlikely to end well.

    1. CheesyTheClown

      Re: Migrating without adapting

      At least it wasn't just me.

      I was going to ask "and what's the possible use case" and the answer it seems is "because Microsoft managed to convince NetApp to help migrate from VMware/NetApp to Hyper-V and storage spaces" :)

      It seems humorous that the stated use case is to basically kill off using NetApp and the likes :)

    2. WYSIWYG650

      Re: Migrating without adapting

      If you host in Equinix you can get extremely low latency using their direct connection to AWS. AWS is hosted at Equinix and you can directly connect to use unlimited compute and still own and manage your data on prem. This also opens you up to do the same with Azure and use NetApp Cloud sync to mirror the 2 hyper scalers and make them compete while giving you data mobility and control and cost savings. Many storage vendors can take advantage of this hybrid architecture but NetApp having instances to spin up using snaps within AWS & Azure is a unique differentiation. For Dev ops environments, getting data in and out of the cloud AFTER compression/dedupe saves you time and money on your AWS bill and speeds up dev cycles.

  5. ptbbot

    Lift n shi(f)t

    Take v3 into public cloud, nice one.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A 30 year old protocol ....

    ... on a remote Server. Well done NetApp !!! Innovation at its best.

    Now - Register, how come those NetApp articles always come in pairs set apart by a day or two ?

    Was that part of the deal?

    Here's the recipe:

    Day 1: NetApp comes late to market. Copies something that's been done before and now thinks its hot shit.

    Day 2: NetApp releases a new system which is x percent faster than the old one... AND it somehow 'integrates' with Ontap.

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