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Azure Stack HCI

Run your production workloads anywhere on hybrid, familiar hyperconverged infrastructure

Flexible HCI delivered as an Azure hybrid service

Azure Stack HCI is a new hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) operating system delivered as an Azure service. It provides the latest security, performance and hybrid capabilities, which now include Azure Arc enablement and new management scenarios through the Azure portal. Get robust host security with Secured-core server, improve performance for machine learning models with GPU enablement, and maximise performance of virtual desktop infrastructure. Gain more efficient use of your storage resource with the new thin provisioning feature. Deploy and run Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs) in your datacentre or at the edge using your existing tools, processes and skillsets. Extend your datacentre to the cloud with Azure Backup, Azure Monitor and Microsoft Defender for Cloud.

Modernise infrastructure, consolidate virtualised workloads and increase efficiency

An updated report with the latest Intel CPU data is now available. Learn about infrastructure modernisation and the business value and performance benefits of Azure Stack HCI with guidance from third-party analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI is now generally available

Deploy and manage containerized apps with AKS on Azure Stack HCI.

  • Azure hybrid by design
  • Best platform for .NET apps on-premises
  • Built-in security

Learn more about the product and pricing.

Azure hybrid by design

Extend your datacentre to the cloud and manage Azure Stack HCI hosts, virtual machines (VMs), and Azure resources side by side in the Azure portal. The latest feature release offers the ability to monitor multiple clusters, manage extensions and Azure Policies, and use self-service VMs with every node now Azure Arc–enabled. Make your infrastructure hybrid by seamlessly connecting it to Azure services such as Azure Backup, Microsoft Defender for Cloud and Azure Site Recovery. Get regular and consistent feature and security updates with unified billing by purchasing an Azure Stack HCI subscription to use with 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

Get hyper-converged infrastructure modernisation, 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. With the latest feature update, get powerful host protection with Secured-core server, thin provisioning, and intent-driven networking. Optimise your costs based on your needs with a flexible per-core subscription. Get Windows Server 2008/R2, SQL Server 2008/R2, Windows Server 2012/R2, and SQL Server 2012 extended security updates at no extra cost when migrating to Azure Stack HCI.

Familiar management and operations

Simplify your operations by using an easy-to-manage HCI solution that integrates with your environment and popular third-party solutions. Use Windows Admin Centre with a built-in deployment GUI to leverage your existing 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 25 hardware partners, or repurposed hardware. Choose optimised HCI solutions that are available on a broad portfolio of x86 servers and hardware add-ons. Manage your solution using Azure or familiar management tools and choose from a wide selection of utility software options within the enhanced ISV ecosystem. Explore deployment service offerings from Azure Stack HCI validated SI partners.

Learn how Azure Stack HCI powers retail and manufacturing businesses

Five Hybrid Cloud Use Cases for Azure Stack HCI

Run workloads from your branch office to the edge

Meet the evolving IT demands of branch offices, retail stores, and field locations at an affordable cost.

Support large-scale virtual desktop implementations

Use remote desktop services, highly available virtual machines (VMs), and integrated scalable storage to support your large-scale virtual implementations.

Optimise the performance of virtualising SQL Server

Deploy and manage demanding SQL Server workloads running on hyperconverged infrastructure to get best of class performance.

Improve security with trusted enterprise virtualisation

Use virtualisation-based security and certified hardware to help secure your sensitive workloads. Help protect against threats with secure firmware, hardware and host OS with Secured-core server built in.

Deploy a tightly integrated Kubernetes–enabled platform

Enable automated deployment and management of containerized apps by running Kubernetes clusters on your hyperconverged infrastructure.

Discover new validated HCI 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 that offer solutions on industry-standard x86 hardware with service and support. Now, explore hardware-as-a-service solutions from select hardware partners to reduce your acquisition costs. Leverage the Microsoft ISV ecosystem to maximise the value of your hyper-converged infrastructure solution. Enhance security with Secured-core server with Azure Stack HCI integrated systems and simplify the planning of your new solutions with the new Azure Stack HCI sizing tool.

Hewlett Packard
NEC Solution Innovators
NTT System
primeLine Solutions
Secure Guard
Thomas Krenn
Western Digital
Wortmann AG
Zstor Open Storage

Flexible pricing at USD10 per physical core, per month

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

Frequently asked questions about Azure Stack HCI

  • The minimum is now one node, which is ideal for a remote office or branch office. The maximum is 16 nodes per single cluster.
  • You'll get extended security updates at no cost when you migrate your Windows Server 2008/R2, SQL Server 2008/R2, Windows Server 2012/R2 and SQL Server 2012 workloads to Azure Stack HCI.
  • No, there are no virtualisation rights included with the host subscription. Customers running Windows VMs on this hyper-converged infrastructure solution need to procure an appropriate licence.
  • See the AKS on Azure Stack HCI pricing page for additional details.
  • You'll find those solutions in the Azure Stack HCI catalogue.

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