Microsoft recently unveiled Azure Stack HCI solutions, which can help customers run virtualized applications on modern hyperconverged infrastructure. These solutions feature software-defined compute, storage, and networking offerings — just like Azure Stack. They can also integrate with Azure for those who are interested in hybrid capabilities like cloud-based backups, site recovery, and monitoring. But it allows users to lower costs and improve performance because of the HCI functions.
If you’re interested in learning more about Azure Stack HCI solutions, here’s a rundown of the options and capabilities.
About Azure Stack HCI solutions
Azure Stack HCI solutions are made for running virtualized applications just like you’re used to with other on-premises solutions. But it also offers simplified access to Azure for those who are interested in running hybrid cloud scenarios. Basically, it can be beneficial for IT professionals who want to leverage existing skills to run virtualized applications on HCI, while also taking advantage of cloud capabilities and features. They also include support for hardware, including industry-standard x86 hardware, NVMe drives, persistent memory, and remote-direct memory access networking.
Additionally, IT admins can easily integrate these solutions with Azure hybrid services using Windows Admin Center. This can be useful for accessing organizational cloud tools like Azure Site Recovery, Azure Monitor, Cloud Witness, Azure Backup, Azure Update Management, Azure Network Adapter, and Azure Security Center.
How to buy
These solutions are currently available for purchase through select Microsoft partners. To start, there are 15 partners offering Microsoft-validated systems. These partners include ASUS, Axellio, bluechip, DataON, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HPE, Hitachi, Huawei, Lenovo, NEC, primeLine Solutions, QCT, SecureGUARD, and Supermicro.
Microsoft’s website also includes a selection of different Azure Stack HCI solutions and partners for you to browse. Once you choose a partner to purchase from, they serve as your point of contact for implementing the solution and providing ongoing support.
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