Azure File Storage is a service that offers shared File Storage for any OS that implements the supported SMB Protocol. Since GA we supported both Windows and Linux. However, on premises access was only available to Windows. While Windows customers widely use this capability, we have received the feedback that Linux customers wanted to do the same. And with this capability Linux access will be extending beyond the storage account region to cross region as well as on premises. Today we are happy to announce Azure File Storage on-premises access from across all regions for our first Linux distribution - Ubuntu 17.04. This support is right out of the box and no extra setup is needed.
We are excited to see tremendous adoption of Azure File Storage. You can try Azure File Storage by getting started in under 5 minutes.