Azure Blob storage to start using NFS 3.0 protocol 

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  • Microsoft launched in public preview NFS 3.0 support for Azure Blob storage.
  • NFS 3.0 supports the deployment of large-scale, read-heavy sequential access workloads in Azure Blob.
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Azure Blob NFS 3.0 support

If Azure Blob storage is your data lake solution, you now have an opportunity to harness it while leveraging Network File System (NFS) 3.0 in preview.

The new protocol enables organizations to migrate their data to data lakes without the trouble of using gateways or copying data. Additionally, Microsoft said that Azure Blob storage is the only of platform of its kind that boasts native support for NFS 3.0 over object storage.

NFS 3.0 for Azure Blob Storage

Just to give you some background, NFS is an open standard that lets you access, store, or update files on a remote PC as though they were on your computer.

So, with NFS 3.0, Linux clients can seamlessly mount a container in Azure Blob storage, be it from an on-premises PC or Azure Virtual Machine (AVM).

The support comes in handy when you’re deploying large-scale read-heavy sequential access workloads. Typical use cases in Azure Blobs include one-time ingestion of massive amounts of data with minimal additional modification.

Here’s how Microsoft describes the benefits of NFS 3.0:

This new level of support helps with large scale read-heavy sequential access workloads where data will be ingested once and minimally modified further including large scale analytic data, backup and archive, NFS apps for seismic and subsurface processing, media rendering, genomic sequencing, and line-of-business applications.

To participate in the preview, you have to be a user of a BlockBlobStorage account that has premium performance characteristics. In other words, your storage account should have support for high transaction rate workloads.

Apart from that, only customers in US East, US Central, and Canada Central can sample the beta version of NFS 3.0 protocol.

Support for other types of accounts will nonetheless be rolling out soon, according to Microsoft.

Have you registered for the preview of NFS 3.0 in Azure Blob storage? Feel free to share your experience with the new feature in the comments section below.