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NetApp and Microsoft have joined forces for a complete data management and storage service available within Azure. With Azure NetApp Files, companies and organizations can now easily manage and store all their data and workloads in combination with the functionality of Azure.

According to both parties, this cloud-based service is the culmination of the collaboration they have had for twenty years. Azure NetApp Files combines all the data management and storage technology of the data, storage and cloud specialist with all the benefits that the tech giant’s cloud service can offer.

Bare-metal experience

Concretely, instead of offering simple storage in the cloud, NetApp has now moved all the technology and characteristics of its ONTAP storage OS to Azure, creating a whole new service.

According to the data, storage and cloud specialist and the tech giant, this provides end users with a bare metal experience with equivalent performance, such as millisecond latency and on-demand scalability. Azure NetApp Files offers three specific levels of service for the latter, with end users being able to use exactly what they need and when they want it. According to both partners, the service will never lose performance, reliability or security.

The joint Azure service also makes it easier for end users to move and deploy the most critical business applications without the need for code changes. According to NetApp and Microsoft, this mainly concerns services such as those of SAP, Oracle and Linux, but also those around Windows, for example.

First step to cloud first strategy

Furthermore, according to both suppliers, the now presented service for Azure is a good first step towards a cloud first strategy for end users. Azure NetApp Files must provide the right infrastructure for companies to roll out this strategy according to their capabilities, budget and knowledge of these types of services.

Azure NetApp Files is now immediately available to everyone via Azure. The service can be used directly by existing Azure end users to manage their various workloads. All support and billing is handled directly by Microsoft.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.