Azure Stack: The best of Azure on prem

Azure Stack has gained a significant industry buzz since it was announced and growth has been remarkable ever since

With more than 750 million Azure Active Directory users, the Azure platform has proven to be popular among Microsoft’s traditional customer base, and 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies already use the platform. The success of Azure will translate to the growth of Azure Stack; a recent poll revealed that 72 percent of Azure customers plan on using Azure Stack within the next three years. Azure Stack also seems likely to grow due to changes in how companies are using cloud platforms, as 68 percent of current cloud customers plan on moving at least one app from a public cloud to a private cloud or have already done so. The unified nature of Azure, and the advent of Azure Stack, makes it easy to switch between various cloud paradigms.

The Top Use Cases for Azure Stack

Although major cloud providers now have a solid record of security, certain types of data simply can’t go into the cloud, and Azure Stack provides a means of integrating this data seamlessly within a larger cloud infrastructure. In some cases, regulations mandate that data be secured in a particular manner, which eliminates public cloud cloud options. For other cases, companies might simply be uncomfortable with the concept of storing certain data anywhere but in-house. For cases where performance is critical and you want to avoid the latency of a Public Cloud, nothing can beat local storage. Azure Stack lets clients keep this data on site while staying within the Azure framework.

HPE and Microsoft’s Joint Azure Stack Innovation Centers

The cloud is powerful, scalable, and versatile. It is not, however, always easy to understand how to best leverage the capabilities of Azure Stack. To bridge this gap, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft run Innovation Centers, which connect companies with HPE and Azure Stack experts. Available for free, these centers give companies free consultation for finding the ideal means of using Azure Stack and HPE hardware within Azure environments. Various information sessions give potential clients a strong understanding of the environment’s capabilities, while proof-of-concept installations run on-site can show potential clients what they can expect should they make the transition.

Consumption-Based Pricing With Azure Stack

Part of the attraction of cloud operations is paying only for what you consume which makes scaling issues easier to handle and eliminates the need for expensive, and sometimes risky, investment in hardware and software licenses. Azure Stack brings this pricing model to in-house Azure usage, letting companies rely on the simplified billing provided by cloud usage. Industry studies show that by 2020, 80% of IT spend will be based on consumption and HPE is leading the way by offering Azure Stack infrastructure on a consumption-based model, eliminating the need for an upfront capital investment.

Globally, HPE is the leading vendor for Microsoft deployments, giving them a proven record of partnership and success. HPE’s OneView platform integrates well with Microsoft’s offerings, including Azure Stack, and the cloud-pricing model offers an easy-to-understand, flexible, and scalable approach to managing IT expenditures.

Innovation Centers run in partnership with Microsoft provide a unique means of discovering what Azure Stack can do for companies, and HPE Insight Remote offers industry-leading protection against potential hardware problems, ensuring companies can keep their resources online. HPE also offers HPE OneView, which is integrated into HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack, proving excellent management capabilities for hybrid cloud installations.