One-Click Deployment for Azure NetApp Files (ANF)

General

Azure NetApp Files (ANF for short) is no longer so new and has already proven in various projects where the advantages of this enterprise storage is.

In this blog entry, I want to talk less about the Use Cases. But give the proof-of-concept (PoC in short) the ability to simplify the ANF deployment,
or via Powershell. Of course, you can do everything as usual via the Azure Portal (https://portal.azure.com).

I have become accustomed to deploying ANF into the customer’s environment via Powershell for various PoC’s. For this reason, I would like to use my Powershellscript here for and explain in part.

Basic requirements

  1. The first requirement to use ANF is to register the subscription for ANF. You can find the information in this article: https://aka.ms/azurenetappfiles
  2. Next, you should familiarize yourself with the documentation of ANF. Information can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-netapp-files/
  3. The next step is to download my Powershell Script from Github. You can find the script here: https://github.com/chtwilfer/AzureNetAppFiles

The Script

Before we start the deployment a few words to the script.

The script expects various paramters for the deployment, which are requested after start. Things like Location, ResourceGroup Name, VNet & Subnet are queried.
With this script, an ANF account, pool & volume with all associated resources is deployed in the West Europe & North Europe region. You can also use
Snapshots for an existing volume. If you want to deploy ANF only in one region, you can deactivate the lines in the script for the 2nd region.

More Parameters

There are various parameters which I have entered firmly, but which can also be changed or adjusted as required.

more parameters anf azure netapp files

Install Modules

Later, the script checks whether all necessary Az Powershell modules are available and are up to date. If not, they will be downloaded and installed.

install module anf azure netapp files

Connect to Azure

The next step is to connect to Azure and the subscription.

connect to azure anf azure netapp files

ANF Deployment

The next block deploys the ANF and dependent resources, even in the 2nd location.

first location anf azure netapp files

second location anf azure netapp files

If desired, a snapshot of a volume can still be performed.

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Delete Resources

Once all the resources have been deployed, there will be costs.
So if this is not desired, simply delete the voluem. or the entire Resource Group.

delete resources anf azure netapp files

Either you start the script block by block, or alternatively you can start one line of Powershell and specify the individual parameter values after the script.

For the deployment in one region

.\ANF-PoC-Deployment.ps1 -location westeurope -resourcegroup anfwe – anfaccountname anfwe -creationtoken anfwetest -subnetaddressprefix 10.3.2.0/24 -networkaddressprefix 10.3.0.0/16

Other Deployment method

For the deployment in two regions

.\ANF-PoC-Deployment.ps1 -location westeurope -resourcegroup anfwe – anfaccountname anfwe -creationtoken anfwetest -subnetaddressprefix 10.3.2.0/24 -networkaddressprefix 10.3.0.0/16 -secondlocation northeurope -secondresourcegroup anfne – secondanfaccountname anfne -secondcreationtoken anfnetest -secondsubnetaddressprefix 10.4.2.0/24 -secondnetworkaddressprefix 10.4.0.0/16

The End

There is certainly a lot to improve on the script, but I’m constantly working on it.
Next I would try a deployment via ARM Templates.

For more infromation about the Use Cases use this Link: http://techblog.twilfer.net/p/1455

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Azure NetApp Files – Enterprise file storage, powered by NetApp

General

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

 

Register

Before starting with Azure NetApp Files you have to register for Azure NetApp Files. You can do it with this Link (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-netapp-files/azure-netapp-files-register).

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 (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-netapp-files/azure-netapp-files-solution-architectures)

Conclusion

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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