Azure Stack HCI

Run your production workloads on hybrid, familiar hyperconverged infrastructure

Flexible HCI delivered as an Azure hybrid service

Azure Stack HCI is a new hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) operating system delivered as an Azure service that provides the latest security, performance and feature updates. Deploy and run Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs) in your data centre or at the edge using your existing tools, processes and skillsets. Extend your data centre to the cloud with Azure Backup, Azure Monitor and Azure Security Center.

Built-in hybrid capabilities and up-to-date software and support

World-class hyper-converged infrastructure stack for secure, efficient virtualisation of Windows and Linux guests

Save money and increase efficiency – use your Hyper-V and Windows Server skills to consolidate ageing servers and storage

Flexible hardware offerings, including integrated systems and repurposed devices, from a variety of vendors

Azure hybrid by design

Extend your data centre to the cloud and manage Azure Stack HCI hosts, VMs and Azure resources side by side in the Azure portal. Make it hybrid by seamlessly connecting to Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure Security Center and Azure Site Recovery. Purchase an Azure Stack HCI subscription to get regular and consistent feature and security updates with unified Azure billing and leverage either your Premier or Azure support plan. Use Windows Server and Hyper-V skills to reduce time to value.

Enterprise scale and great price performance

Modernise your infrastructure of aging servers and storage. Consolidate virtualised workloads and gain cloud efficiencies on premises. Take advantage of software-defined compute, storage and networking on a broad range of form factors and brands. Optimise your costs based on your needs with a flexible per-core subscription. Get Windows Server 2008 R2 security updates at no extra cost. Achieve higher throughput with your demanding SQL Server workloads.

Familiar management and operations

Simplify your operations by using an easy-to-manage solution that integrates with your environment and popular third-party solutions. Use a built-in deployment GUI and familiar Windows Server and Hyper-V skills to build your hyperconverged infrastructure. Automate completely scriptable management tasks using the popular, cross-platform Windows PowerShell framework.

Deployment flexibility

Select the deployment scenario that’s best for your environment, such as an appliance-like experience, a validated node solution from one of more than 20 hardware partners, or repurposed hardware. Choose optimised solutions that are available on a broad portfolio of x86 servers and hardware add-ons. Manage your solution using Azure or familiar management tools.

Azure Stack HCI wins key innovation award

CRN gave Azure Stack HCI the 2020 Tech Innovators Award in data centre infrastructure.

Run workloads from your branch office to the edge

Meet the evolving IT demands of branch offices, retail shops and field locations. Deploy your container-built edge workloads and essential business applications in highly available VMs and use Azure Monitor to get a global view of system health.

Support large-scale virtual desktop implementations

Use remote desktop services, highly available VMs and integrated scalable storage to support your large-scale virtual implementations. Connect virtual desktops to the Azure update management solution to control your enterprise virtual desktop infrastructure configuration in the cloud.

Get the benefits of virtualising Microsoft SQL Server

Deploy and manage high-performance, scalable SQL Server running on hyperconverged infrastructure. Run your applications with the flexibility of virtualisation coupled with high availability and the ability to use Azure Site Recovery to migrate, restore and protect your organisation’s data.

Apply trusted enterprise virtualisation

Use virtualisation-based security and certified hardware to help protect your security-sensitive workloads. Connecting this trusted infrastructure to Azure Security Center activates behavioural analytics and reporting to account for rapidly changing workloads and threats.

Tightly integrated Kubernetes

Run Windows- and Linux-based containers using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI.

Azure Container Service on Azure Stack HCI

Deploy and manage containerised apps with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI. Take advantage of AKS consistent experience, extend to Azure with hybrid capabilities, run apps with confidence with built-in security and use familiar tools to modernise Windows apps.

Check out new validated solutions for Azure Stack HCI

Get up and running quickly and reliably with validated Azure Stack HCI solutions that feature new integrated systems and validated node solutions. They’re available from a range of hardware partners who offer solutions on industry-standard x86 hardware with service and support.

Visit the Azure Stack HCI hardware catalogue
Altos
AMD
ASUS
bluechip
Cisco
DataOn
Dell.com
Exone
Fujitsu
Gigabyte
H3C
Hitachi
Hewlett Packard
Inspur
Intel
Lenovo
NEC Solution Innovators
Nfina
primeLine Solutions
QCT
Secure Guard
Stone
Supermicro
Tarox
Thomas Krenn
Western Digital
Zstor Open Storage

Flexible pricing at USD 10 per core per month

Purchase an Azure subscription and only activate the cores you need for your hyperconverged infrastructure deployment.

Azure Stack HCI resources and documentation

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Frequently asked questions about Azure Stack HCI

  • The minimum is two nodes, which is ideal for a remote office or branch office. The maximum is 16 nodes per single cluster.
  • Yes, you’ll get extended security updates at no cost when you migrate your Windows Server 2008 R2 workloads to Azure Stack HCI.
  • No, there are no virtualisation rights included with the host subscription. Customers running Windows VMs on this hyperconverged solution need to procure an appropriate licence.

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