Tuesday, October 17, 2017


HPE, Microsoft ready Azure Stack aimed at hybrid cloud ecosphere



Solution to deliver Azure compatible IaaS and PaaS services from customers’ on-premises data centre.

Enterprise IT giant HPE has lifted the veil on its soon to be released Microsoft Azure Stack solution that will target the growing hybrid cloud trends amongst users.

The new stack, set to be launched in mid-2017, is an integrated system that according to HPE will enable organisations to increase agility and flexibility by delivering Azure compatible infrastructure as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) services from their on-premises data centre.

Mixing both public and private clouds to build the ultimate hybrid cloud strategy, the HPE | Azure Stack solution will provide enterprises with an Azure hybrid cloud platform in their own data centre that is compatible with Azure public cloud services.

HPE | Azure Stack will be built on the HPE ProLiant DL 380, as a compute, storage, networking and software system.

In addition, HPE has also introduced a new HPE Consulting for Azure Hybrid Cloud services.

According to the company, this has been designed to help enterprises and service providers successfully implement Azure Stack, as well as enhancements to HPE Flexible Capacity and support for Azure.

HPE plans to support the HPE | Azure Stack solution within Flexible Capacity for a pay-as-you-go ownership model and unified billing of public and private clouds.

Paul Miller, VP of marketing, converged data centre infrastructure, at HPE, said: “Many enterprises would like to host Azure within their data centres for performance, security or compliance reasons and many service providers would like to offer Azure-compatible services for data sovereignty or other targeted services.

“HPE is teaming with Microsoft to deliver the right mix of on- and off-premises Azure services with built-in security, operations management, pay-as-you-go pricing and the expertise that provides unmatched flexibility and cost savings for enterprise workloads.”

Mike Schutz, GM product marketing at Microsoft, said: “Microsoft and HPE share a view that hybrid cloud capabilities and consistency across public and private cloud environments helps customers accelerate their cloud strategy.

“The HPE solution for Azure Stack builds off the relationship we announced last year, tightly integrating the hardware, software, support and services to help customers benefit from the pace of cloud innovation while reducing deployment complexity and risk.”