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- It does not support file locking although its available as an add-on
- Design is far from native and has a learning curve
- We would like to have backup functionality built in so that we don't run into the issue where the replication process makes a copy of the corrupted data.
We would like to be able to version the files that are coming in. So, if a file is accidentally deleted, there should have a recycle bin option where we can go back and, at least once, clean it up. They could probably improve the versioning and other advanced features. The replication is not available in all the Azure Availability Zones.
- Handles high volume very well
- Cloud service enables for endless growth and scalability
- Easy to use for both professionals and end users
- The backup functions could be improved on, maybe integrated somehow
We also, as an Engineering company, have some requirements to store huge amounts of analysis data for long periods (15+ years) and Cloud seems to be the most cost-effective solution.
Azure Netapp Files sounded like a reliable/robust solution to run our workloads and to store these huge amounts of data on Azure, reducing the costs (when compared to on-prem workloads) while keeping confident/comfortable with Netapp robustness for production data.
We're currently running a couple of CIFS shares on Azure Netapp Files and evaluating it, planning to expand its usage.
- Highly scalable, as many 'Cloud ready' solutions
- Easy to implement, with only a few clicks
- Performance, we were positivelly surprised by its performance
- Deep integration with Azure products, like scripting/CLI/Shell
- High availability, reaching the 'four nines' if correctly implemented
- Backup/files versioning still needs to be improved
- Netapp/Storage administrators may need some time to adapt managing it through Azure Portal interface, it can be really confusing sometimes
- Reporting/data intelligence solutions would be a great addition
It is not a cheap solution, I mean, you can find other options to store your data on the Cloud at smaller prices. So, for small companies, or companies that depends mostly on web-applications, or don't have such a specific requirements, I would not go with Azure Netapp Files.
- We have found that it scales very well. In some cases we had a large existing storage infrastructure and were able to migrate it while other times we started from scratch with low storage demands and Azure NetApp Files fit the bill each time.
- We have been impressed with the replication capabailities.
- The read and write speed when interacting with files is a major asset.
- We haven't done too much yet, but it seems auto-backup needs some improvement. It seems like it is backing up corrupted files, overwriting the previous uncorrupted file.
- This is somewhat related to the previous con but versioning of files would be helpful If there is a corrupted file or a file that has been deleted by a user, quick retrieval of the individual file would be handy.
- Provides high performance file storage with low latency.
- Offers elasticity. It scales on demand.
- Offers support for multiple versions of multiple protocols like SMB and NFS.
- Not available in Azure free tier for initial POC.
- To enable Azure NetApp Files, need to do a separate registration in the NetApp site, and only after approval, the NetApp Files option is enabled in the Azure portal. This stops from doing a quick POC for comparing Azure Files with Azure NetApp Files.
- Comparatively more costly than the Azure file storage or Azure managed disk storage.
- Offers both NFS, SMB options.
- Ability to natively mount to Linux machines.
- SLA based tiering in terms of performance - Standard, Premium, extreme.
- Data can be replicated across cross region replication.
- Add capability to display who is connected to a share.
- ANF does not have any backup options other than volume snapshots and no native replication option.
- AD LDAPS Support.
- Performance can be tuned based on selected SLA tier.
- Snapshots are highly space efficient.
- Consistent sub-millisecond latency.
- Automated data privacy controls to comply with different regions (GPDR etc.).
- Sub quotas can be set which offers granularity.
- Instant R/w Cloning with zero space occupancy until a unique write is made. Extremely useful in a devops and test dev environments
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