Microsoft Azure File Storage Overview

Microsoft Azure File Storage is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Public Cloud Storage Services. It is most often compared to Amazon EFS (Elastic File System): Microsoft Azure File Storage vs Amazon EFS (Elastic File System)

What is Microsoft Azure File Storage?

Fully managed file shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol

Key scenarios:

  • Share data across on-premises and cloud servers
  • Migrate file share-based applications to the cloud with no code changes
  • Integrate modern applications with File storage
  • Simplify hosting for high availability workload data
Microsoft Azure File Storage Buyer's Guide

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reviewer1274955
Senior Director of IT Operations at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Feb 27, 2020
A cloud file storage solution that plays well with familiar products but is difficult to configure and build-out

What is our primary use case?

My company is a managed services firm. We do have a firewall internally, but we have about 70 banks and probably about 30 to 40 clients in other verticals that we are servicing. So it is not just us or our clients that we use products for. I am constantly looking at a lot of different client bases as far as different industries and needs, and a lot of different solutions and possibilities. A lot of what we use Azure File Storage for at our company is BLOB storage because the format is flexible in terms of pulling stuff down. Usually what we are doing is storing and retrieving IT management… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "General user familiarity with Office 365 products make adopting this solution easy to adopt in production."
  • "The initial setup is complex. Unless you have done it a few times it, it is going to be hard."

What other advice do I have?

We try to push as many clients as we can toward Azure because most of our clients are Office 365 clients as it stands already, so they already have Azure integrated. They have the authentication and because of that, it allows us to push Azure a little easier because it is already native to the products they are using and familiar to their users. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this solution as a six. Currently, you just have to spend too much time wrapping your head around what the product does and how it does it. Then the build-out takes a…
Marcus Van Houten
Project Manager / Solution Architect at Ultimum
Reseller
Top 20
Dec 27, 2020
After the easy setup, expect a lack of scalability

What is our primary use case?

We are using the VP storage version. Our primary use case is for roaming profiles flowing on the frictional desktop.

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is fairly easy."
  • "Microsoft Azure File Storage is not that scalable. Once you reach the boundaries, you need to migrate to another solution."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I think Microsoft Azure File Storage is workable, but you really need to make a design to make it redundant. There is a possibility to connect several discs, several file storage accounts. Then you can make it scalable yourself. I'm fully comfortable with that solution. We worked it out that we direct users to different storage accounts. But that all needs to be done before you start. Before you start, you really need to consider your design and make it scalable yourself. That's my recommendation. I think that they should implement on the background so that you can upgrade and migrate…
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MarioAfonso
Operations Engineer, Public Cloud at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Nov 5, 2019
The support is very good and I like the backup to the firewall

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution to migrate several products to the cloud. We use several Microsoft products simultaneously.

Pros and Cons

  • "Implementations with other products are easy."
  • "Sometimes it takes very long to refresh the information."

What other advice do I have?

Implementations with other products are easy. In the past we had to use a multi-cloud, but we had a preference for one unique tool for each subject that we wanted to manage. So now we are using one cloud only. We had a very new team and we were building everything from scratch. I will rate this solution an eight out of ten. We haven't been using it very long, but we don't have any complaints. The interface is easy to work on, but sometimes it takes very long to refresh the information. Perhaps that can be improved. It is not a big problem but it would be nice if you could get what you need…
reviewer1283700
CTO & Co-Founder at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Feb 13, 2020
An easy setup with a good interface and good monitoring capabilities

Pros and Cons

  • "The interface is very good."
  • "The pricing could be improved. They need to make the costs more transparent so users know what they will be charged and why ahead of time."

What other advice do I have?

We use quite a few different products on Azure. For example, we also use Azure Backup and Stack. A small team at our organization is using the software. We use the solution daily. I don't really have any advice to give to others. I would just say that it's pretty straightforward and it works well for our team. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It's generally okay. It doesn't blow my mind in the sense that it's so unique or revolutionary. It does what it needs to do.
reviewer1393146
Executive at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Oct 5, 2020
Great embedded integration with the entire Azure platform

What is our primary use case?

We are partners with Microsoft and I'm an executive of the company.

Pros and Cons

  • "Integration with the entire Azure platform."
  • "Lacks integration with other platforms."

What other advice do I have?

I would certainly recommend this product, especially if you are working with the Microsoft and Azure ecosystem, because then it's really easy to be used and you get all the benefits and I can't think of any reason not to like it. Once you're on the platform, it should be that it's more a question of how strong the solution is. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.