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SFTP (and FTPS) protocol support for Azure Files

Exposing the SFTP protocol would facilitate a bunch of scenarios where today 2 VMs (with all the management overhead that implies) are required.

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    Vincent-Philippe Lauzon shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback! We are interested in collecting feedback on this request – please vote for it if this is something you like to see.

    We’re also interested in learning more what people want to use the SFTP/FTPS for and which protocol they prefer. Please feel free to leave us a comment letting us know more detail!


    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files


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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have demand for SFTP-storage to exchange data. It's a shame that AWS is able to do industry-standard-things that Azure is not capable to do!!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree 100%. Been way for this for ages. In transportation industry where partners are very slow to change/unwilling the to spend money to support API. Even implementation of highly available VMS with with user isolation is difficult and expensive to implement. Managed Platform is a big gap here. We are looking at AWS offer currently.

      • Jeroen H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Almost 10th anniversary! For a wish with 8 pages of supportive comments and over 3400 votes...

      • Dana Darrow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We receive data from over 10 sources via sftp and are in the process of rewriting all our SSIS packages to ADF and ADLS Gen2. We want read files, transform/load to tables using spark delta and also write out confirmation files using sftp.

      • Richard Warr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree with the comments below. SFTP to Azure Blob is a serious omission from the stack and likely to drive customers over to AWS (who have a working, if somewhat costly solution).

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We use SFTP for integration with banks and other applications where calling APIs isn't an option. SaaS SFTP on Azure would be much appreciated. Many thanks!

      • Steve Krisjanovs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree - AFS desparately needs this.

        I'm a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central ("BC") developer. Our customers are eager to migrate to BC SaaS, but the lack of filesystem access is a huge roadblock.

        The only way to transfer files in/out of BC SaaS is via http/rest.

        This poses a problem. Many of my customers exchange files with banks/vendors/customers via SFTP.

        Those trading partners who use (S)FTP, are unable to push files to business central.

        Because of this, legacy file protocol integration is a non-starter. As an employee of a Microsoft Partner, I'm encouraged to "sell the stack". I just can't however in this case,

      • Chris Butler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our web application has integrations with a number of third party systems who use both SFTP and FTPS to transfer files to and from our service. Being able to offer these third parties direct access to a storage container without having to manage our own VM in the middle would obviously make our lives easier!

      • Samuel J commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        SFTP and FTPS support is going to be critical for our application to integrate with enterprise platforms such as SAP, SuccessFactors, Workday, etc. Trying to get access to the API on a customer's instance (if it has one) is a nightmare. From what we've seen in the field, SFTP or FTPS file drop (depending on platform) is by far the preferred method used by integrators and analysts in these ecosystems.

        To date we've managed to dodge provisioning any servers (and all the management and security issues that entails), but if Azure isn't able to close this feature gap soon then we'll have no choice. This would undermine Azure's value offering for us. Makes AWS start to look more appealing...

      • Anthony D. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would like to replace public facing SFTP servers that we use to send data feeds to customers and receive data from vendors with a light-weight infrastructure solution. Currently we need to provision servers just to set up the SFTP software and make that available. In this day and age of cloud services, this seems like an awful waste of compute power.

      • Embers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        SFTP is bread and butter for most businesses (read essential). I've been saying this for years to Microsoft / Azure teams but as someone said below falls on deaf ears. Anyhow Amazon now have a service for this - AWS Transfer for SFTP - for those wanting a PaaS / managed SFTP solution. Links to S3 storage bucket, users can be permission-ed down. Haven't looked at Amazon for a while but there are lots of new services its worth having another look.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The 2nd highest voted feature still under review, seriously, what is the point of this feedback if it falls on death ears. Will Gries - bueller bueller

      • Jeevan S commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, Developing an application to accept files over the SFTP protocol and deploying them over a cluster of VM's is surely an alternative. But getting the application to be HIPAA and HITRUST compliant is another (let alone the management overhead of the VM)

        Assuming the Azure SFTP service would provide the compliance and sign the associated BAA.

        So UP voting this idea proposed by Vinncent

      • Rich Millee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This could be such a quick win for Azure Storage. Account control through AZ AD, AIP, compliance requirements, and the list could go on and on. Make our lives easier!

      • Majeti commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Looks like the response from Will Gries outdates the response from CHEEKATLAPRADEEP-MSFT
        on the thread reference by Jeroen H.. So I am keeping my hopes up on this..

        Infact I think the Azure AD security for file shares is a step closer to the SFTP enablement on Azure Files

        I have also reached out to Azure support and will gries on twitter to see if they can comment on this soon

      • Jeroen H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        NOTE: Apparently the Microsoft Storage team lives in its own world and considers the industry standard SFTP a legacy protocol so don't hold your breath :(.

        How can I put politely what an absurd, almost obscene, position that is. Particularly in view of the 3000 votes here that should have given them an idea, or else just a quick look at the SFTP page on Wikipedia.

      • Jeroen H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Will Gries,
        Could you please give us an update?
        Thanks in advance,

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