11 July 2017, India:
Microsoft has finally revealed its highly anticipated Azure Stack to go head-to-head against the number one cloud service- Amazon Web Services.
After a year of technical previews, Microsoft has now delivered the first release version of Azure Stack to its hardware partners so that they can finish their certification process. As Microsoft announced at its Inspire conference today, partners like Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo will start shipping their integrated systems with Azure Stack in September.
What is Azure Stack?
Azure Stack is designed to bring many of the features of the Azure cloud computing platform into the enterprise data center, providing hybrid cloud customers with the flexibility and innovation capabilities designed to meet the business objectives of those adopting a data transformation strategy. It is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments.
In simpler words, Azure is an Internet-based service where you get access to fundamentally unlimited pay-as-you-go supercomputing power, based in Microsoft’s globe-spanning data centers.
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Microsoft’s Mike Neil, Corporate Vice President, Azure Infrastructure Management, said, “Microsoft and HPE pride ourselves on delivering what customers need: high-quality solutions that are easy to deploy, run and manage. Working with HPE and our partners to deliver a unified support model is a huge benefit for customers, allowing them the ease and flexibility of a single support point of contact. Our 30-year alliance with HPE has enabled us to effectively extend our support model with key partners in the space to meet the needs of our customers.”
He further added, “We don’t believe every customer will move to the public cloud. The reasons for this are pretty varied, but for quite a few companies, it’s simply a matter of remaining in control of their data — often for regulatory and/or data sovereignty reasons. Many of them have their roots in their environment today — in their data centers or their hosting partners’ data centers.” Neil said, “We wanted to provide a solution that met these different needs.”
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the leading cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow.