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Azure ISVs expand the possibilities with Azure Stack

Posted on September 26, 2018

Principal Group Program Manager, Azure Stack

Azure Stack features a growing independent software vendor (ISV) community that operates across a broad-spectrum of environments, empowering you to create compelling and powerful solutions.

Today, I’d like to highlight some of our ISV partners that address common customer requirements for Azure Stack.

Data protection and disaster recovery

Operators and users of Azure Stack deploying applications and datasets need the ability to quickly recover from data loss and catastrophic failures. With offerings from multiple partners, you can enable data protection and disaster recovery for your applications and data. Supported partners include: Acronis, Actifio, Carbonite, Commvault, Dell EMC, MicroFocus, Quest, Rubrik, Veritas, and ZeroDown. The blog post, Protecting applications and data on Azure Stack, by my colleague Hector Linares, provides an overview of how to protect your applications and data.

Security

Vulnerability and policy compliance scanning for the Azure Stack infrastructure is now a reality thanks to the integration of Azure Stack with Qualys. The Qualys virtual scanner appliance is also coming to the Azure Stack marketplace to enable users to protect their workloads. Backing up your application’s secrets on a Hardware Secure Module (HSM) will soon be available thanks to the Azure Stack marketplace solution CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager (CCKM) by Thales, which allows you to interface an HSM with your Key Vault running on Azure Stack. Auditing is a fundamental part of security. Azure Stack now exposes a Syslog client that forwards security logs, alerts and audits which you monitor using the EventTracker SIEM.

Networking

Azure Stack’s Marketplace has best-in-class virtual network appliance solutions that compliment and extend Azure Stack’s base networking functionality. Take advantage of high-speed site-to-site VPN gateway solutions from Arista, F5 and Palo Alto Networks and that allow you to achieve up to 10x faster throughput than the native VPN Gateway resources in Azure Stack today. You can also use these solutions to connect two Virtual Networks in the same Azure Stack or across Azure Stack deployments.

Looking for an Enterprise grade Web Application Firewall (WAF) or application load balancers? Barracuda, Check Point, F5, Palo Alto, and Positive Technologies have offerings you should take a look at.

If you’re looking for DDoS IDS/IPS protection for your application, check out CloudGuard from Check Point, or BIG-IP VE from F5.

Need a Local Traffic Manager or a Global Traffic Manager to balance applications in your Datacenter but can’t use Azure Traffic Manager? Why not take a look at BIG-IP Virtual Edition from F5 that offers rich functionality and policy based centralized management that can balance applications across multiple Azure Stack deployments?

Migration

Azure Stack has ISV solutions for every stage of application migration, from envisioning/discovery to modernization by leveraging PaaS capabilities. Partners including Carbonite, Cloudbase, Commvault, Corent Technologies provide ways to migrate various workloads to both Azure and Azure Stack.

Billing and business insights

Service providers need the ability to track usage of end customers and bill them for their consumption, while you need the ability to control costs incurred when operating Azure Stack. Billing partners like CloudAssert and Exivity can extract Azure Stack usage data and provide consumption-based billing and cost management for both service providers and enterprise customers.

Developer platform and tools

When building modern applications, you can leverage the tools and frameworks that you rely on. The following are some of the current available frameworks and tools in Azure Stack:

Bitnami provides Application and Infrastructure stacks within the Azure Stack Marketplace. Bitnami’s offerings provide Azure users with a catalog of “ready to deploy” apps from Big Data like Cassandra to CMS like WordPress to High-Availability production ready clustered solutions like Node.js.

HashiCorp Terraform enables the necessary workflows for provisioning and managing Azure infrastructure at any scale, in the cloud or on premises. Using an Infrastructure as Code methodology, operators create reusable configuration files which are then used for creating or changing Azure or Azure Stack infrastructure.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry enables a continuous delivery platform for modern applications, allowing customers to deploy and manage their Cloud Foundry infrastructure in Azure Stack.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is available now for Azure Stack, providing hybrid enterprise container orchestration and management.

These are just a few highlights of ISV solutions in our growing Azure Stack Marketplace. There are many first and third party offers in the Azure Stack Marketplace, including operating systems, applications, open source tools, and solution templates. Check back frequently as we add new Marketplace items all the time.

If you are attending Ignite, drop by the Azure Stack booth and we can direct you to any of our partners!