Unify resource management with a flexible cloud-connected architecture
Stay always up to date with the latest Azure security, performance, and capabilities with Azure Arc–enabled Azure Stack HCI. Discover, monitor, and manage the Azure Stack HCI hosts as well as the virtual machines (VMs) and containers running on them from within the Azure portal.
Modernize your edge computing environments
Read a third-party review on the benefits of using Azure Stack HCI on Intel technology for your edge environments, including the performance level you could achieve for your deployment.
Integration with Azure Kubernetes Service enabled by Azure Arc to run cloud-native apps on premises.
Small form factor Azure Stack HCI nodes for intelligent edge and remote- or branch-office solutions.
Performance-optimization for managing on-premises workloads.
Flexible, large scale VDI platform and support for Azure Virtual Desktop on premises.
Extend your business to the cloud with an Azure hybrid solution
Extend your business to the cloud and manage Azure Stack HCI hosts, virtual machines (VMs), and Azure resources side by side in the Azure portal. Monitor multiple clusters, manage extensions and Azure Policies, and use self-service VMs with Azure Arc–enabled nodes. Get regular and consistent feature and security updates and unified billing with your Azure Stack HCI subscription, using either your Premier or Azure support plan.
Meet regulatory and connectivity needs with flexibility
Azure Arc–enabled Azure Stack HCI helps you consolidate virtualized workloads and gain cloud efficiencies when data needs to remain on premises for legal or privacy reasons. For compliance with end-of-life workloads, 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.
Simplify management with familiar tools
Azure Arc–enabled Azure Stack HCI integrates with your environments and popular third-party solutions with familiar management tools. Use Windows Admin Center with a built-in deployment GUI to leverage your existing Windows Server and Hyper-V skills to build your infrastructure. Automate completely scriptable management tasks using the popular cross-platform Windows PowerShell framework.
Deploy with flexible options
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. 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.
Comprehensive security and compliance, built in
Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
We employ more than 3,500 security experts who are dedicated to data security and privacy.
Flexible pricing and use cases with zero cost
Purchase an Azure subscription and activate only the cores you need for your hyperconverged infrastructure deployment (USD 10 per physical core, per month). For Windows Server Datacenter, customers with Software Assurance get Azure Stack HCI at no additional cost.
Get started with an Azure free account
After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.
Discover validated HCI solutions for Azure Arc–enabled Azure Stack HCI
Get up and running quickly and reliably with validated Azure Stack HCI solutions including 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. Explore a wide variety of hardware solutions from select partners to reduce your acquisition costs. Leverage the Microsoft ISV ecosystem to maximize the value of your hyperconverged infrastructure solution. Enhance security with Secured-core server with Azure Stack HCI integrated systems and simplify the planning of your new solutions with the Azure Stack HCI sizer tool.
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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 virtualization rights included with the host subscription. Customers running Windows VMs on this hyperconverged infrastructure solution need to procure an appropriate license.