How to create an Azure premium file share
Premium file shares are offered on solid-state disk (SSD) storage media and are useful for IO-intensive workloads, including hosting databases and high-performance computing (HPC). Premium file shares are hosted in a special purpose storage account kind, called a FileStorage account. Premium file shares are designed for high performance and enterprise scale applications, providing consistent low latency, high IOPS, and high throughput shares.
This article shows you how to create this new account type using the Azure portal, Azure PowerShell module, and the Azure CLI.
- If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.
- If you intend to use the Azure CLI, install the latest version.
- If you intend to use the Azure PowerShell module, install the latest version.
Create a FileStorage storage account
Every storage account must belong to an Azure resource group. A resource group is a logical container for grouping your Azure services. When you create a storage account, you have the option to either create a new resource group, or use an existing resource group. Premium file shares require a FileStorage account.
Sign in to Azure
Sign in to the Azure portal.
Now you're ready to create your storage account.
In the Azure portal, select Storage Accounts on the left menu.
On the Storage Accounts window that appears, choose Add.
Select the subscription in which to create the storage account.
Under the Resource group field, select Create new. Enter a name for your new resource group, as shown in the following image.
Next, enter a name for your storage account. The name you choose must be unique across Azure. The name also must be between 3 and 24 characters in length, and can include numbers and lowercase letters only.
Select a location for your storage account, or use the default location.
For Performance select Premium.
You must select Premium for FileStorage to be an available option in the Account kind dropdown.
Select Account kind and choose FileStorage.
Leave Replication set to its default value of Locally-redundant storage (LRS).
Select Review + Create to review your storage account settings and create the account.
Once your storage account resource has been created, navigate to it.
Create a premium file share
Now that you've created a FileStorage account, you can create a premium file share within that storage account.
- In the left menu for the storage account, scroll to the File service section, then select Files.
- Select File share to create a premium file share.
- Enter a name and a desired quota for your file share, then select Create.
Provisioned share sizes is specified by the share quota, file shares are billed on the provisioned size. For more information, see the pricing page.
Clean up resources
If you would like to clean up the resources created in this article, delete the resource group. Deleting the resource group also deletes the associated storage account as well as any other resources associated with the resource group.
In this article, you've created a premium file share. To learn about the performance this account offers, continue to the performance tier section of the planning guide.