A new capability has been added to Azure: Azure NetApp Files.

Microsoft has teamed up with NetApp to help customers embracing the challenge of deploying file-based workloads on Azure.

The public preview is now available at http://aka.ms/nfspublicpreview

The Azure NetApp Files service is powered by the NetApp’s ONTAP technology to deliver rich data management and security.

Once registered for the public preview, you will be able to create your new Azure NetApp Files volume through the Azure portal.

At first, the preview is available in East US region, and will be soon available also in West US 2. Other regions will come over the time