Public cloud file storage solution for the public sector, Azure NetApp Files, is now available in the government region data centers on Microsoft Azure. This expansion of Azure NetApp Files helps federal, Department of Defense, and state and local agencies expand their options to meet strict government security and regulatory compliance requirements.
As a public cloud file storage solution for the public sector, Azure NetApp Files is securely architected into government virtual networks and fully integrated into Azure. This would make it an ideal solution to meet cloud-first mandates. And with Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Baseline level authorization, the service would meet the most stringent security requirements for high-impact unclassified data in the cloud.
According to NetApp, the result is a flexible cloud storage service. It supports multiprotocol workloads that can be tailored to fit customers’ hybrid data environments while scaling storage and service levels based on required speed.
“Combining nearly three decades of NetApp’s extensive experience in data management and storage with Microsoft’s forward-looking capabilities of Microsoft Azure gives government customers the ability to fulfill the government’s cloud-first mandate simply, reliably, and securely,” said Anthony Lye, senior vice president and general manager of the NetApp Cloud Data Services business unit. “Azure NetApp Files is a significant Azure differentiator, and a game changer for all organizations that want to fully harness the value of cloud.”
Deployment of Azure NetApp Files to government data center regions started in Virginia, followed by Arizona and Texas deployments.
“By combining the scale and reach of Microsoft Azure with NetApp’s Cloud Volumes technology coupled, customers can achieve new value with Azure NetApp Files,” said Lily Kim, general manager, Azure Global at Microsoft. “With deployment into our government data center regions, government customers can have another great option to migrate and run applications in the cloud with powerful data management capabilities.”
Benefits of the Azure NetApp Files storage solution would include:
- Migrate and run – Agencies can move and deploy their most demanding enterprise file applications without code changes.
- No separate contracts or term agreements – Azure NetApp Files is delivered as an Azure first-party service, which allows customers to provision workloads through their existing Azure agreement. No additional NetApp ONTAP licensing is required. Pay for only what is used. The service has no back-end read or write or other back-end fees.
- Multiple performance tiers – Azure NetApp Files offers three levels of performance to allow optimized performance according to needs “without sacrificing performance, reliability, or security.”
- FedRAMP certification – 50% of the $80 billion per year that the U.S. Government spends on IT would be data categorized as High Impact level, says NetApp With FedRAMP High Impact level certification, agencies with the most rigorous security requirements can take advantage of the “smooth” migration of their most intensive workloads by using Azure NetApp Files.
- Simplifies migration to the cloud – Azure NetApp Files would eliminate a common cloud-first barrier by creating the right infrastructure environment for agencies resources, budget, and skillsets.