ONTAP Cloud for Microsoft Azure overview

ONTAP Cloud for Microsoft Azure is a software-only storage appliance that runs the ONTAP data management software in the cloud. Building your cloud environment on ONTAP Cloud provides enterprise-class features for your cloud storage and gives you a universal storage platform that enables you to easily replicate data across your hybrid cloud.

What ONTAP Cloud provides

ONTAP Cloud manages Azure storage with the NetApp ONTAP software, which provides enterprise-class features:

Note: The licenses for these features are included with ONTAP Cloud.
Note: ONTAP Cloud-managed encryption is not supported in Azure. However, ONTAP Cloud supports Azure Storage Service Encryption for data at rest.

How you deploy ONTAP Cloud in Azure

You must use OnCommand Cloud Manager to deploy ONTAP Cloud as a virtual machine in Azure. Cloud Manager purchases the Azure storage that ONTAP Cloud uses as back-end storage.

ONTAP Cloud configurations

ONTAP Cloud is available in two pricing options: pay-as-you-go and Bring Your Own License (BYOL). For pay-as-you-go, you can choose from three configurations: Explore, Standard, or Premium. For both pricing options, you can launch a single node only.

  Explore Standard Premium BYOL
Virtual machine types DS3 and DS3_v2
  • DS4 and DS4_v2
  • DS13 and DS13_v2
  • DS5_v2
  • DS14 and DS14_v2
  • DS3 and DS3_v2
  • DS4 and DS4_v2
  • DS5_v2
  • DS13 and DS13_v2
  • DS14 and DS14_v2
Raw capacity limit 2 TB 10 TB 31 TB 31 TB
Supported protocols NFS and CIFS NFS, CIFS, and iSCSI NFS, CIFS, and iSCSI NFS, CIFS, and iSCSI
Term Hourly Hourly Hourly 2 or 12 months


  1. iSCSI is not supported with DS3 and DS3_v2.
  2. The actual maximum capacity may be less because of virtual machine limits: 7 TB for DS3, 15 TB for DS4 and DS13, and 31 TB for DS5 and DS14.
  3. For Azure region support, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.