Azure Files

Simple, secure and serverless enterprise-grade cloud file shares.


Azure Files offers fully managed file shares in the cloud that are accessible via the industry standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, Network File System (NFS) protocol, and Azure Files REST API. Azure file shares can be mounted concurrently by cloud or on-premises deployments. SMB Azure file shares are accessible from Windows, Linux, and macOS clients. NFS Azure file shares are accessible from Linux or macOS clients. Additionally, SMB Azure file shares can be cached on Windows servers with Azure File Sync for fast access near where the data is being used.

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You can now mount NFS file shares in Azure Container Apps.
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Azure Files geo-redundancy for 100TiB standard SMB file shares is now generally available.
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With this announcement, cloud native and modern applications that use REST APIs to access Azure SMB shares can utilize identity-based authentication and authorization to access file shares.
Azure Files has increased the root directory handle limit per share from 2,000 to 10,000 for standard and premium file shares.