As companies proceed to adapt to the realities of the present surroundings, operational resilience has by no means been extra essential. In consequence, a rising variety of prospects have accelerated a transfer to the cloud, utilizing Microsoft Azure NetApp Recordsdata to energy essential items of their IT infrastructure, like Digital Desktop Infrastructure, SAP functions, and mission-critical databases.
Right this moment, we launch the preview of Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication. With this new catastrophe restoration functionality, you possibly can replicate your Azure NetApp Recordsdata volumes from one Azure area to a different in a quick and cost-effective manner, defending your knowledge from unforeseeable regional failures. We’re additionally introducing essential new enhancements to Azure NetApp Recordsdata to give you extra knowledge safety, operational agility, and cost-saving flexibility.
Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication
Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication leverages NetApp SnapMirror® know-how due to this fact, solely modified blocks are despatched over the community in a compressed, environment friendly format. This proprietary know-how minimizes the quantity of information required to duplicate throughout the areas, due to this fact saving knowledge switch prices. It additionally shortens the replication time so you possibly can obtain a smaller Restore Level Goal (RPO).
Over the subsequent few months of Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication preview you possibly can anticipate:
- A number of replication frequency choices: you possibly can replicate an Azure NetApp Recordsdata, NFS, or SMB quantity throughout areas with replication frequency selection of each 10 minutes, each hour, or as soon as a day.
- Learn from secondary: you possibly can learn from the secondary quantity throughout energetic replication.
- Failover on-demand: you possibly can failover to the secondary quantity at a time of your selection. After a failover, it’s also possible to resynchronize the first quantity from the secondary quantity at a time of your selection.
- Monitoring and alerting: you possibly can monitor the well being of quantity replication and the well being of the secondary quantity via Azure NetApp Recordsdata metrics and obtain alerts via Azure Monitor.
- Automation: you possibly can automate the configuration and administration of Azure NetApp Recordsdata quantity replication via normal Azure Relaxation API, SDKs, command-line instruments, and ARM templates.
Supported area pairs
Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication is out there in common areas from US, Canada, AMEA, and Asia firstly of public preview. Azure NetApp Files documentation will maintain you recent with the most recent supported area pairs.
Be a part of the preview waitlist now. As soon as your subscription is enabled for the preview, you could find the characteristic from the portal (Determine 1) and inside a couple of clicks, you can configure your first Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication (Determine 2).
Determine 1: You possibly can add cross area replication by deciding on “Add knowledge replication” from Azure NetApp Recordsdata quantity administration view.
Determine 2: Cross area replication is efficiently configured for an Azure NetApp Recordsdata quantity.
Study extra about Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication via the Azure NetApp Files documentation.
Study extra about our pricing
Throughout preview, Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication will likely be supplied at full worth. Pricing data will likely be obtainable on the Azure NetApp Files pricing page. You possibly can study extra concerning the Azure NetApp Recordsdata cross area replication value mannequin via the Azure NetApp Files documentation.
Quantity snapshot coverage
Azure NetApp Recordsdata means that you can create point-in-time snapshots of your volumes. Beginning now, you possibly can create a snapshot coverage to have Azure NetApp Recordsdata routinely create quantity snapshots at a frequency of your selection. You possibly can schedule the snapshots to be taken in hourly, every day, weekly or month-to-month cycles. You may also specify the utmost variety of snapshots to maintain as a part of the snapshot coverage. This characteristic is freed from cost (regular Azure NetApp Files storage cost nonetheless applies) and is at present in preview. You possibly can register for the characteristic preview by following the volume snapshot policy documentation.
Dynamic quantity tier change
Cloud guarantees flexibility in IT spending. Now you can change the service stage of an present Azure NetApp Recordsdata quantity by shifting the amount to a different capability pool that makes use of the service stage you need for the amount. This in-place service-level change for the amount doesn’t require that you simply migrate knowledge. It additionally doesn’t affect the information aircraft entry to the amount. You possibly can change an present quantity to make use of a better service stage for higher efficiency, or to make use of a decrease service stage for value optimization. This characteristic is freed from cost (regular Azure NetApp Files storage cost nonetheless applies) and is at present in public preview. You possibly can register for the characteristic preview by following the dynamic volume tier change documentation.
Simultaneous dual-protocol (NFS v3 and SMB) entry
Now you can create an Azure NetApp Recordsdata quantity that enables simultaneous dual-protocol (NFS v3 and SMB) entry with help for LDAP consumer mapping. This characteristic permits use instances the place you’ll have a Linux-based workload that generates and shops knowledge in an Azure NetApp Recordsdata quantity. On the identical time, your workers wants to make use of Home windows-based shoppers and software program to research the newly generated knowledge from the identical Azure NetApp Recordsdata quantity. The simultaneous dual-protocol entry characteristic removes the necessity to copy the workload-generated knowledge to a separate quantity with a distinct protocol for post-analysis, saving storage value, and operational time. This characteristic is freed from cost (regular Azure NetApp Files storage cost nonetheless applies) and is mostly obtainable. Study extra from the simultaneous dual-protocol access documentation.
NFS v4.1 Kerberos encryption in transit
Azure NetApp Recordsdata now helps NFS consumer encryption in Kerberos modes (krb5, krb5i, and krb5p) with AES-256 encryption, offering you with further knowledge safety. This characteristic is freed from cost (regular Azure NetApp Files storage cost nonetheless applies) and is mostly obtainable. Study extra from the NFS v4.1 Kerberos encryption documentation.
Azure Authorities areas
Lastly, we’re happy to announce the overall availability of Azure NetApp Recordsdata in Azure Authorities areas, beginning with US Gov Virginia, and shortly in US Gov Texas, and US Gov Arizona. Check out the most recent Azure NetApp Files regional availability and region roadmap.
Get it, use it, and inform us about it
As with other previews, the general public preview options shouldn’t be used for manufacturing workloads till they attain basic availability.
We sit up for listening to your suggestions on these new capabilities. You possibly can e mail us suggestions at ANFFeedback@microsoft.com. As all the time, we love to listen to your whole concepts and options about Azure NetApp Recordsdata, which you’ll put up at Azure NetApp Files feedback forum.