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Why SoftNAS™ Cloud for Microsoft Azure?

Focus on the business at hand and concentrate on your customers and business instead of your cloud architecture. SoftNAS provides the performance, reliability and fault tolerance required for business-critical applications.

You Need:

  • To protect business data in your own datacenter or in the cloud with no downtime, outages or data loss
  • Simple yet powerful storage software on Microsoft Azure
  • No training or specialized storage skills required
  • On-demand, agile storage
  • To reduce storage space requirements and associated costs
  • To increase application performance and processing speeds
  • API’s and flexible open architecture, so your data doesn’t get locked-in


  • Basic Azure storage infrastructure does not provide the mission-critical data protection that businesses expect.
  • Unlike legacy hardware storage appliances sitting in off-site data centers outside Azure, SoftNAS extends the basic Azure block storage by combining multiple disks and layers on a full NAS feature set, providing a blend of power and ease of use.


SoftNAS—The No Compromise Safety Net for Mission-critical Data in the Cloud


The #1 Best-Selling NAS in the Cloud, SoftNAS is the top-selling software in the storage and back-up category on AWS Marketplace, the leading cloud platform provider, and it is the only full-featured NAS on Microsoft Azure that extends native Azure block storage. Used by Fortune 500 companies, SoftNAS is also built upon industry standard technologies and is brought to you by an experienced management and development team—including a former CTO from CITRIX.

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Why SoftNAS Cloud for Microsoft?

1. Simply Powerful™—SoftNAS is a powerful, full-featured NAS filer.
2. Non-Stop Storage—SoftNAS delivers continuous data protection.
3. Frictionless Experience™—SoftNAS is easy to try, buy and use.
4. Agile Storage Software—SoftNAS is on-demand, where and when you need it.
5. Data Security—SoftNAS offers the most advanced data protection features to keep your data safe and protected.
6. Performance and Capacity—SoftNAS is performance-tuned to maximize IOPS and throughput.
7. Open Architecture—built on proven, trusted industry standard platforms, so your data isn’t locked-in.

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Let’s look at these points in depth…

Simply Powerful™

Learn MoreWith a powerful and complete feature set, SoftNASprotects mission-critical data in the cloud to ensure your business and applications are safe from downtime and data loss. SoftNAS includes the best data protection available in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Maximum Storage. SoftNAS offers the maximum amount of storage available on Azure up to 16 TB, supporting the maximum capacity sizes offered by Azure today.

Storage Pools. Storage pools support aggregation of storage devices. SoftNAS supports easy storage pool expansion and allows for storage pool imports and exports.

Storage Volumes. Many companies now require storage space that can support hundreds of millions to billions of files and directories efficiently. SoftNAS uses thin provisioning to optimize the efficiency of storage space utilization and allows for billions of files and directories.

Unified SAN & NAS. A unified storage system simultaneously enables storage of NFS and CIFS file sharing and block-based I/O. This system is simpler to manage than separate SAN and NAS devices and meets a broad range of needs and use cases.

Storage Pool Scrub. Over time, storage devices can become corrupted. SoftNAS provides storage pool scrubbing, which checks each block of data, compares it to its checksum, and corrects the data if it has become corrupted.

Snapshots. Meet Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). With SnapReplicate™, manual and scheduled snapshots provide low-overhead recovery points; writable clones enable efficient recovery from data deletion or corruption events without restoring backups. RTO of seconds, RPO of hours.

Non-Stop Storage

SoftNAS delivers continuous data protection. Also, you can easily perform non-disruptive online storage administration for maximum maintenance agility.

Online Array Rebuild. Hard drives break unexpectedly. After a logical or physical drive failure, SoftNAS uses online array rebuilding to rebuild data redundancy from parity data on remaining drives, with no interruption or loss of data.

Hot Spares. SoftNAS offers spare drive support, so there can be a backup drive waiting “hot” in standby mode for immediate use in case of drive malfunctions.

Asynchronous Replication. Data replication is essential to maintaining multiple up-to-date copies of business-critical data. SoftNAS uses asynchronous replication to backup and transfer data in near real-time from one controller to another. Asynchronous replication throttles bandwidth usage and is ideal for long-distance data transfers, across regions or data centers.  All remote data replication is also authenticated and encrypted for maximum security.

Frictionless Experience™

Learn More SoftNAS is quick and easy to configure in minutes for IT administrators and DevOps personnel with no specialized storage training required.

Simple Admin Interface. The StorageCenter™ GUI simplifies storage configuration and administration.The GUI is designed to allow any IT professional—ranging from virtualization engineers, system administrators and even software developers—to use SoftNAS with ease. In addition, the SoftNAS StorageCenter HTML5 interface is compatible with browsers running on Windows PC, Mac, iPads, tablets and smartphones.

No Storage Training Required. Most storage systems require advanced user training that can cost hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars and can take up to weeks to complete. SoftNAS is intuitive for an IT person and requires no specialized storage training.

Getting Started Wizard. Opening up a command line and programming can be tedious and wastes time. SoftNAS includes a getting started wizard which cuts initial setup, typically to less than 30 minutes.

Console or Command Line. However, for the IT professionals who prefer it or who need to automate certain tasks, SoftNAS includes command line options as well.

API & CLI. REST API and Command Line interface to automate SoftNAS administration without the GUI Interface.

Dashboard. Monitors disk space, CPU, memory and other resources in one convenient dashboard, including email alerts and notifications. The SoftNAS StorageCenter provides complete storage management and administration and is accessible from any mobile device. With the Administrator Applet, configure monitoring thresholds, email notifications, login session timeout, logging levels and other settings.

Systems Management.  Systems management interfaces support Linux, provide robust monitoring, alerting and management using existing management tools and frameworks. SoftNAS is compatible with most systems management tools that support SNMP.

Active Directory Integration Wizard. Configures active directory in 7 mouse clicks, providing simple, easy configuration and integration with Active Directory for granular access control using Windows ACLs.

Flexible Pricing Model. Dynamically spin storage use up or down as needed or cover steady-state production workloads. SoftNAS Cloud for Azure offers on-demand hourly pricing.

Easy NFS Configuration. Configure NFS on Azure without hassle. The NFS UI Module simplifies NFS configuration and set up.

Simple Storage Provisioning.  Add Azure block storage directly from StorageCenter.

Agile Storage Software

Learn MoreOn-demand, where and when you need it, SoftNAS Cloud is so easy to configure, you will have basic storage up and running in mere minutes. SoftNAS supports a broad range of platforms including VMware, vCloud Hybrid Service, AWS.

Software. SoftNAS is software-based storage that doesn’t require any proprietary hardware. SoftNAS is instantly downloadable, quick and easy to implement, uses your existing hardware and software and IT resources.

Private/Public/Hybrid. You don’t have to choose between private, public, or hybrid cloud. SoftNAS allows both on-premise and hosted data storage to combine the simplicity and instant accessibility of local storage with the peace-of-mind and infallible protection of off-site storage for disaster recovery and business continuity. Securely replicate data across any platform, data center or cloud.

API & CLI. For programmatic administration and DevOps agile cloud infrastructure, REST API and Command Line interface automates SoftNAS administration without the GUI Interface.

Networking. Varied networking options are essential to ensure data accessibility. SoftNAS supports a broad range of networking configurations, including 1GB Ethernet and 10GB Ethernet, to ensure data is transmitted at the highest possible speeds.

Data Security

SoftNAS offers advanced data protection features, so your data is always safe, secure and available.

Active Directory Integration. An Active Directory is a centralized and standardized system that automates Windows authentication and authorization. SoftNAS integrates with Active Directory to authenticate Windows servers and users, ensuring data access is properly restricted to those who are authorized within the Windows domain.

Large-scale Windows Filer with Active Directory. Supports thousands of concurrent users with billions of files for enterprise-scale file server, VDI user file storage via CIFS/SMB 3.1 protocol. For user home directories, mass storage, 4K and HD video storage and other Windows file sharing needs.

Large-scale NFS Server.  Scalability for your business. The Large-scale NFS server supports thousands of NFS clients sharing billions of files, videos and other large-scale file server applications.

Encryption. If you choose to replicate to off-site AWS storage, ensure the security of your data. SoftNAS enables encrypted S3 storage to be used for secure archiving, backups and low-cost user storage. Data is encrypted at rest and in flight for EBS volumes and S3 backed cloud disks.

File Sharing Protocols. Insecure file sharing protocols can lead to security breaches that could threaten your data. SoftNAS prevents security breaches by supporting authenticated file sharing protocols such as NFS, CIFS and iSCSI on AWS to ensure files are transferred quickly and securely.

Performance and Capacity

SoftNAS takes advantage of SSD caching for increased performance to support demanding workloads and increase storage IOPS and throughput limits by fully leveraging SSD, and RAID striping.  Deduplication and compression accelerate storage even faster by reducing storage I/O by up to 60%, while also reducing storage costs.

RAID Arrays. RAID arrays allow the balanced storage of redundant data to increase fault tolerance and boost performance via data striping. You can choose any RAID level you need.

Caching. Storage performance can get bogged down processing data from spinning storage media. SoftNAS supports as much RAM and SSD caching to significantly increase read/write performance and minimize latency.

Scalable. With block replication, SoftNAS scales to handle hundreds of millions to billions of files and directories. Scale up to 16 TB of highly durable storage.

Deduplication. Managing duplicate copies of redundant data is a waste of time and storage space.

Compression. Uncompressed files waste disk space and slow down read/write throughput by requiring extra disk I/O and occupying available cache memory space. By compressing data, SoftNAS can save between 20%-60% of disk space, increase read/write speeds, and allow for greater data caching efficiency to improve performance and increase storage density, which helps contain storage growth costs.

Open Architecture

Most storage vendors lock you into their vendor-specific platform using proprietary storage, proprietary hardware and proprietary operating system platforms. SoftNAS provides you with a truly open architecture storage solution that’s build upon open source technologies at its foundation—Linux and ZFS, proven open source technologies that have become industry standards. And because SoftNAS runs across the broadest range of available cloud and premise-based platforms, you have the ultimate flexibility of where to run your applications and workloads. SoftNAS is everywhere you want to be.

What’s holding you back?

SoftNAS is a small company. Small doesn’t mean unstable. SoftNAS is the market-leading NAS filer in the cloud today and growing rapidly as a successful company. SoftNAS is run by experienced IT and software professionals with decades’ of technology experience, and is built on trusted Linux and ZFS technologies. SoftNAS has already claimed a top-selling spot on AWS Marketplace, a leading cloud platform provider. SoftNAS is used by the largest enterprises with some of the most mission-critical data and applications around today.

My data is too valuable to be lost. Yes it is, which is why SoftNAS is the no compromise safety net for business data in the cloud—with hundreds of thousands of hours of production operation with no data loss.

Too busy to learn something new? Your time is valuable. That’s why we made SoftNAS so easy to learn and use for IT administrators. Even if you have no storage experience, you will find SoftNAS is intuitive and simple to install and configure, usually within 30 minutes or less.

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