Microsoft announced significant improvements to Azure Files at Ignite 2018 – higher scale, more IOPS, more throughput, lower latency, better security, and improved Azure File Sync!
Introducing limited public preview of Azure Premium Files
They introduced a Solid-State Drive (SSD) based file service, which is suitable for workloads that are latency sensitive, IO intensive, and require high throughput.
Larger and higher scale Azure Files shares – Coming soon!
Microsoft is getting ready to launch the limited public preview of larger and higher scale Azure Files (aka Large File Shares) soon. This update to Azure Files is the underlying platform secret that enables Standard Files and Premium Files to achieve the maximum scale limits of capacity, IOPS, and throughput.
Public preview of Azure Active Directory authentication for Azure Files SMB access
Azure Active Directory (AD) authentication for Azure Files using Azure AD Domain Services is now in public preview.
Upcoming Azure File Sync Agent improvements in October update
In the October release of the Azure File sync agent, we are making significant improvements to sync performance, tiering, and reporting. We have also added integration with DataON’s Kepler-47 storage appliance.
Learn more about the Azure File Sync update here. Look for an agent update release in October.