Announcing the General Availability of Azure Stack
Since its release into technical preview in Jan 2016 Microsoft’s consistent hybrid cloud offering, Azure Stack, has experienced significant shifts. In July 2017, Microsoft announced the General Availability of Azure Stack, an integrated hardware offering that brings the power of Microsoft’s cloud into any datacenter.
As cloud adoption continues to increase, many organizations are facing a struggle when it comes to applications and infrastructure that do not lend themselves easily to the public cloud model. Microsoft, with its deep experience understanding enterprise customers and enterprise computing, knows that many organizations will continue to have on premise needs indefinitely. That’s why, in July 2017, Microsoft released into General Availability their hybrid cloud offering Azure Stack. Azure Stack allows you to run core Azure components in your own datacenters, giving your teams a single approach to building and deploying applications wherever they will live.
Azure Stack open up exciting new use cases for customers looking to take advantage of the cloud:
Edge and Disconnect Solutions – For organizations that need the power and agility of the cloud but cannot guarantee connectivity, Azure Stack offers a way to address those requirements by processing locally in Azure Stack, and then pushing data into the cloud when appropriate. Factory Floors, Off Shore Oil Rigs, and Cruise Liners are just some of the many industries adopting Azure Stack technology to augment their edge computing capabilities.
Cloud Applications that meet varied requirements – By deploying applications on premise with Azure Stack, you can take advance of cloud capabilities while meeting complex regulatory and compliance models. For different instances of the same applications, allowing applications to be deployed either on premise or in Azure lets you choose what locations most closely adhere to business and technical requirements.
Cloud Application model on-premise – Going through application modernization efforts can be an extensive process. Taking advantage of Azure Stack capabilities, you can standardize on a single set of technologies and use a consistent DevOps process across both Azure’s public cloud, and your on-premise Azure Stack.
Along with new deployment models comes new licensing and purchasing considerations. While the Azure Stack Hardware will be provided by a select and growing number of Tier 1 vendors. Azure Consumption through Azure Stack will have two separate pricing models, depending on connectivity and business requirements.
Pay-As-You-Go Model – Azure Stack includes metering technologies similar to those used in Azure. On a periodic basis, a summary of these information will be transmitted to the Microsoft systems that provide invoicing for Azure. You will be billed for Azure Stack usage as part of a regular Azure Invoice. Because you take on the burden of running the on-premise hardware, prices for Azure Stack services are lower than in the Azure Public Cloud.
Capacity Model – For organizations that plan to use Azure Stack in a disconnected mode, Microsoft will offer capacity model pricing, which allows you to license all the physical components in your deployment for a fixed annual fee. There are multiple capacity packages available, depending on which Azure Services you intend to use.
Azure Stack is a continuation of Microsoft’s efforts to provide enterprise customers with cloud computing on their terms and opens new doors for customers looking to modernize their existing datacenter infrastructure. For more information about Azure Stack and purchasing information, please contact your PCM Account Executive.
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