Azure NetApp Files has gained the unique ability to store data within a single file system using both NFS and SMB protocols, simplifying deployments across estates where data needs to be shared between Windows and Unix/Linux clients easily. A major benefit to this approach is also cost savings – by only having to store that data once, and by not having to implement bridging solutions.
Most Unix systems prefer to use NFS, and Windows clients use SMB, therefore this allows applications to use their natively preferred protocol, typically with greatest performance, without compromise. Many enterprises have both types of workflow, for example a HPC farm running Linux creating a file, which is then read by a Windows client at a later point.
Another example is genome sequencing, where the scanners are typically Windows based and use SMB, but the data analytics and HPC are Linux based and perform optimally using NFS.
This feature is a game changer for those enterprises with both workflows.