SoftNAS Introduces Enterprise-Grade NAS Filer for Microsoft Azure

Buurst Staff

Enterprise-Grade Azure NAS Filer Brings greater storage flexibility at reduced cost versus traditional NAS appliances.

#1 Best-Selling NAS in the Cloud, SoftNAS Cloud NAS for Microsoft Azure, a full-featured, enterprise-grade NAS (Network-Attached-Storage) filer [AZURE FILER] that enables organizations of all sizes to leverage their existing Microsoft investments to deploy powerful storage capabilities on Microsoft Azure.

Customers can use SoftNAS for Microsoft Azure for the protection of mission-critical data and backup and disaster recovery to ensure business continuity. As a virtual NAS appliance, SoftNAS for Microsoft Azure filer eliminates expensive on-premise storage, unlike traditional legacy NAS appliances. Additionally, the hourly pricing model of the Azure Marketplace allows customers to scale up or scale-down storage capacity based on need, without any high up-front costs.

This freedom from data center hardware ownership, combined with pricing flexibility, has driven customer interest from industries that often face limited IT capital resources—ranging from DevOps teams, small-to-medium businesses, educational institutions, government organizations, media/publishing companies, and SaaS vendors.

SoftNAS Cloud NAS Filer for Microsoft Azure

SoftNAS is a software-defined NAS filer delivered as a virtual appliance running within Azure Computing Service. It provides NAS capabilities suitable for the enterprise, including high availability utilizing Azure availability sets with automatic failover in the Azure cloud. SoftNAS runs within your Microsoft Azure account, and offers business-critical data protection required for the non-stop operation of applications, websites, and IT infrastructure. 

Key features of SoftNAS Cloud NAS Filer for Microsoft Azure include:


  • Granular access control using Windows Access Control Lists (ACLs): Active Directory Integration Wizard provides simple, easy configuration of Active Directory in 7 mouse clicks.
  • Efficient block replication for migration, DR, and real-time backup: SnapReplicate™ provides versatile block-replication, which sends only changed data between two SoftNAS controllers, for near real-time backup and disaster recovery and site-to-site data transfers and migrations into the Azure cloud.
  • No specialized storage training: With the intuitive StorageCenter™ administration GUI and easy set-up wizards, SoftNAS for Microsoft Azure can be downloaded and configured with a few mouse clicks, straight from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
  • Support for CIFS, NFS, and iSCSI: standard mounts on thin-provisioned storage volumes with high-performance caching, storage snapshots, writable clones, deduplication, compression and other enterprise-grade NAS features on Azure.
  • Extends the basic capabilities of Azure: SoftNAS for Microsoft Azure extends Azure block storage by combining multiple disks and layering on a full NAS feature set.
  • On-demand agile storage for DevOps: Spin storage up and down throughout the agile development lifecycle using powerful storage API and CLI.


SoftNAS has proven itself over the past 8 years on the Azure platform.

“In the cloud, customers expect the convenience of on-demand self-service without having to sacrifice powerful enterprise-grade functionality. With SoftNAS for Microsoft Azure, SoftNAS brings the same blend of power and simplicity to the Microsoft Azure cloud that it provides to other leading cloud providers,” said Rick Braddy,

“The SoftNAS for Microsoft Azure filer solution helps customers safely and easily migrate their data to the cloud,” said Kim Akers, General Manager, Microsoft. “Through this solution, SoftNAS rises to meet customer demands to ease the transition to a mobile-first, cloud-first world.”

Why SoftNAS Cloud NAS filer on Azure?

SoftNAS is the most powerful and full-featured Cloud NAS filer on Microsoft Azure that extends native Azure block and object storage. SoftNAS cloud-based storage solution available in Azure can provide best-in-class cloud-based NAS services over NFS and SMB/ CIFS for your workloads.

SoftNAS offers Microsoft Azure customers an enterprise-ready cloud NAS capable of managing your fast-growing data storage challenges. Dedicated features from SoftNAS deliver significant cost savings, high availability, lift and shift data migration, and a variety of security protection.




Control cloud cost iconCostDeduplicationyes
Lowest $/Storageyes
Lowest $/Perfyes
HA99.999% SLAyes
Cross region replicationyesyes
Availability Zone HAyes
Patented HAyes
control and security iconProtocolsNFSyes

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