Introducing Azure File Sync

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Synchronise your on-premises file servers to Azure – with Azure File Sync

Microsoft have announced the preview of a great new feature in Azure Files that enables you to get the best of both the cloud and on-premises worlds: Azure File Sync.

Azure File Sync keeps your Azure File share in-sync with your on-premises Window Servers. The real magic of Azure File Sync is the ability to tier files between your on-premises file server and Azure Files. This enables you to keep only the newest and most recently accessed files locally without sacrificing the ability to see and access the entire namespace through seamless cloud recall. With Azure File Sync, you can effectively transform your Windows File Server into an on-premises tier of Azure Files.

Since Azure File Sync is a multi-master sync solution, it makes it easy to solve global access problems introduced by having a single point of access on-premises, or in Azure by replicating data between Azure File shares and servers anywhere in the world. With Azure File Sync, Microsoft have introduced a very simple concept, the Sync Group, to help you manage the locations that should be kept in sync with each other. Every Sync Group has one cloud endpoint, which represents an Azure File share, and one or more server endpoints, which represents a path on a Windows Server.

That’s it! Everything within a Sync Group will be automatically kept in sync! … Simple


Azure File Sync also helps you leverage Azure to get control over your on-premises data. Since cloud tiering moves old and infrequently accessed files to Azure, it effectively helps you make unpredictable storage growth predictable. When disasters strike, Azure File Sync can help. Simply set up a new Windows Server, install Azure File Sync, and the namespace is nearly instantly synced down as your cache is rebuilt.

Azure File Sync is currently in preview. Contact Transparity to find out more……

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