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Azure Stack Fundamentals (Series 01)

August 2, 2018

Cloudy Infrastructure: It's been old to talk about cloud IT infrastructure, as already everyone knows, IT is changing every day and moving towards the new era of digitization.

As an IT guy, it's a bit difficult to understand every vertical of change. In this article, I will try to explain about Azure Stack fundamentals.

There are certain queries which always get raise while talking about Cloud.

  1. How much are we flexible to move our infrastructure to cloud?

  2. What mode of cloud adoption will easier for our IT infrastructure?

  3. Are organization conscious about compliance and security?

  4. What does cloud mean to our employees?

  5. Which technology should be adopted?

If you a decisive leader with having such query, you need not be the worry, as we have multiple ways of cloud adoption.

 

Here, we will try to understand why Azure Stack?

 

In May 2015, Microsoft formally announced a new solution that brings Microsoft Azure to your datacenter. The solution was named Microsoft Azure Stack.

 

The azure stack is the same technology with the same functionality as you have in public cloud Azure infrastructure, but you could run it on your datacenter or in that of your service providers.

 

 

The above diagram gives an technical design overview of Azure Stack infrastructure. The one and only difference between Microsoft Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure is the cloud infrastructure.

 

When we talks about Microsoft Azure, there are thousand of servers that are part of the solution, with Azure Stack, the number is slightly smaller. That's why there is the Cloud-inspired infrastructure based on Windows Server, Hyper-V, and Azure technologies as the underlying technology stack. There is no System Center product in this stack anymore. This does not mean that it cannot be there (for example, SCOM for on-premise monitoring), but Azure Stack itself provides all functionality with the solution itself.

For stability and functionality, Microsoft decided to provide Azure Stack as a so-called integrated system, so it will come to your door with the hardware stack included. The customer buys Azure Stack as a complete technology stack. At the general availability (GA) stage, the hardware OEMs are HPE, Dell EMC, and Lenovo. In addition to this, there will be a one-host development toolkit available for download that could be run as a proof of concept solution on every type of hardware, as soon as it meets the hardware requirements.

 

In the upcoming articles, will deliver more related to technical design. Happy Learning :)

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