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.

Modernize infrastructure, consolidate virtualized workloads, and increase efficiency

Learn about the business value and performance benefits of Azure Stack HCI with guidance from third-party analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

Azure hybrid by design

Extend your datacenter to the cloud and manage Azure Stack HCI hosts, virtual machines (VMs), and Azure resources side by side in the Azure portal. Make your infrastructure hybrid by seamlessly connecting it to Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure Security Center, 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 infrastructure modernization, consolidate virtualized 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. Optimize 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 HCI solution that integrates with your environment and popular third-party solutions. Use a built-in deployment GUI and 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 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.

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.

Optimize the performance of virtualizing SQL Server

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

Improve security with trusted enterprise virtualization

Use virtualization-based security and certified hardware to help protect your sensitive workloads.

Deploy a tightly integrated Kubernetes–enabled platform

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

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 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 who offer solutions on industry-standard x86 hardware with service and support.

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

Utility applications for Azure Stack HCI

Explore utility applications from Microsoft partners that work with Azure Stack HCI. They include backup, recovery, and monitoring solutions.

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Flexible pricing at USD10 per physical core, per month

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

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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