Azure NetApp Files – Enterprise file storage, powered by NetApp


I have consciously chosen this title. Azure NetApp Files (ANF) is becoming increasingly important and therefore I wolud like to go into a little more detail with this article.
ANF is an enterprise-class, high-performance and metered file storange service.

Today, 80% of enterprise data is stored in files – and even so-called native cloud applications often use files to structure the information that is stored in the cloud. So whether you’re moving enterprise applications and workloads to the cloud, or you want to accelerate many cloud applications, a high-performance, fully managed file service in the cloud is critical. Azure NetApp Files offer a fully managed service, built on NetApp technology, running in the cloud. These services support SMB, NFSv3, and NFSv4 protocols, and they allow full data mobility between any endpoint for hybrid and multi-cloud flexibility. Experience NetApp’s data management capabilities and the cloud’s unlimited availability and scalability, without any of the administrative tasks and overhead.


Azure NetApp Files

Key Features

  • Azure NetApp Files supports multiple protocol and enables lift and shift migration from On-prem to Azure
  • Multiple performance tiers for your workload requirements
  • Simple integration with other Azure Services
  • Manage with Azure Portal, CLI, Powershel or REST API
  • Three performance tiers (Standard, Premium and Ultra)
  • Integrate with Azure Active Directory for Role-Based-Access
  • Complies with leading industry certifications, with 99,99 % availabiility



Before starting with Azure NetApp Files you have to register for Azure NetApp Files. You can do it with this Link (

Newest Announcement

The newest announcement is that ANF is also available in the Azure Region Germany and UAE.


Use Cases

Since Microsoft announced general availability of Azure NetApp Files a year ago, some of the key use cases that have emerged include:

  • Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) (and in the future in combinition with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub – Announcement on Build 2020)
  • SAP
  • High-performance computing (HPC)

But in my opinion there are also Use Cases like this:

  • Azure NetApp Files with Oracle
  • Azure NetApp Files with Azure Kubernetes Service (also in combinition with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub)

and many more on the Microsoft´s Website (


An all-round successfull service, I think, to run the usual workloads in the cloud.


More on this in the future.

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Azure Powershell Anmeldung über ein weiteres Script aus dem Hintergrund starten

Wie bekommt man PowerShell Skripte sicher und automatisch für den Zugriff auf die Azure Subscription zur Ausführung?

Da hilft dieses kleine Powershellscript:

$username = "deinADAccount" #Azure AD User Account
$password = ConvertTo-SecureString "deinPasswort" -AsPlainText -Force 
$cred = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $username, $password Add-AzureAccount -Credential $cred
Login-AzureRmAccount $cred

Dieses Script legst Du als “Login_to_Azure.ps1” an einen sicheren Ort auf deiner Platte. In den weiteren Powershellscripten verweist Du einfach auf dieses Script.
z.B. mit:

#Login Azure Account 

Bei der Beschreibung in diesem Beitrag legst du dein Passwort im Klartext ab. Das ist bestimmt nicht sicher, aber ein Einstieg.

In einem weiteren Beitrag werde ich eine sicherere Variante erläutern.