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A virtual machine with a 10 GBe network is required to host SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials. On Azure, the instance size should be DS15v12 or better, and on AWS, M4.xlarge or better, in order to provide adequate performance.

Cool Blob or


AWS S3 Storage

AWS Infrequent Access, S3 or Azure Cool Blob storage are the best selections for this architecture because of their low cost and the expectation that most of the data will be written and never read.  If data is truly archive in nature, then these storage options provide the best value to hold these files.