SFTP (and FTPS) protocol support for Azure storage
Exposing the SFTP protocol for Azure Files or Azure Blob storage would facilitate a bunch of scenarios where today 2 VMs (with all the management overhead that implies) are required.
Thank you for the strong feedback on this request. We are working on this and will share our plans for this offering soon. Thank you for your patience!
Program Manager, Azure storage
Rich Millee commented
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!
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
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
Hi Will Gries,
Could you please give us an update?
Thanks in advance,
Carlos Capellan commented
Four words: FEATURE PARITY WITH AWS
I am using AWS Transfer for SFTP right now (with a Lambda function triggered by S3 object creation) ONLY because it doesn't exist in Azure yet.
Managed SFTP is just essential. Trading partners are always wanting to exchange data over SFTP. I have to set up so much infrastructure to support what should be a service like the one Amazon just released for S3. Then, should be able to have a new file trigger for an Azure Function from the Storage for automation
Wayne Hing commented
Ability to SFTP exposing from any level down of the tree not only at top level.
Hello , im in the process of building a cloud native workflow engine, Azure Function based, that receives files into its ingestion pipeline VIA sftp. And as the poster said above it would be nice to be able to trigger a Azure Function invocation from file drop from SFTP. And that would be without to standup VMs running some SFTP appliance, writing CLI code the watch and wait on the event and then trigger the Azure Function. Any info on approach would be great. Of course a seamless Function Trigger would be great.
Andrew Fitzgerald commented
As a workaround there is an SFTP server in the Azure marketplace - https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/cloud-infrastructure-services.sftp-2016
There is a step by step guide on how to deploy their SFTP VM into your Azure tenant - https://cloudinfrastructureservices.co.uk/how-to-setup-sftp-server-2016-in-azure
Yes. We need native support from Azure on this front.
Why should we invest in a VM, for such a small item.
Sanjay R commented
"Management overhead" is real. We could use only one service instead of the three VMs we use today and increasing, just for ftp. Also, sharing data among these ftp servers is a pain as for some reason FileZilla server doesn't recognize drives made of Azure File System. A service like this would be a boon.
Jamie Thomson commented
We are implementing this using blobfuse to linux mount it and then generic ftp server software on the linux machine.
Kurt P commented
Seems to be a highly popular request - any update since Feb 2018?
sharefile.com is a citrix file sharing service can receive files at an FTP endpoint. Clients/partners can send FTP their files to the service and you can retrieve them via FTP or an API.
Jacob Benson commented
I have a customer who needs to setup SFTP for themselves and other 3rd parties to upload .CSV files to. A SaaS application is then pulling these files from the SFTP site on scheduled intervals to perform tasks. It sucks that i am going to need to build a VM and install IIS on it to make this work.
Ludovik DOPIERALA commented
SFTP transfert to azure blob
Henry Wolfe commented
As SFTP Azure service solution to one drive is definitely needed.
Mike Fife commented
An SFTP service would be a great addition to Azure Event Hub as an additional method of data ingestion.
Kris Phillips commented
Unless I am missing something it seems like the only way to get SFTP into Azure is through setting it up on a VM? This is a major shortcoming from an integration standpoint. Are there any other viable options to upload through SFTP directly to Azure?