Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Azure NetApp Files.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
I have a hunch that storage could be now the most expensive portion of our monthly bill. So I can imagine that, not this year, but next year we will be talking about looking deeper into ways how we can optimize the cost. However, I'm pretty sure with NetApp we nailed the cost thing by literally provisioning only what we need.
The speed of Azure NetApp Files, from what we PoC'ed, has been tolerable. We've had some challenges with it so far, being in a PoC, but after we [overcame] those challenges, it became tolerable. As far as Azure NetApp Files' performance, we haven't seen any less performance. During our PoC we had other groups test when we present a volume, and that's how we initially found the issues with it being not performant. Once we were able to get over those issues, they were satisfied with the performance. There wasn't praise, but they no longer said, "This is bad."
We would like to be able to replicate data to different regions as soon as possible. The data protection piece is missing. 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. Technical support needs to be improved.
I would like to see multi-zone redundancy so that I don't have to worry about it. I just back up my data to that one SMB share and I know that it's replicated to a different region.
We would like for the files which are coming in that we can version them. 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.
This solution would be improved with more innovation.