Azure Stack HCI solutions

Run virtual machines on-premises and easily connect to Azure with a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution

When to use Azure Stack HCI

Run workloads from branch office to edge

Meet the evolving IT demands of branch offices, retail stores, and field locations. Deploy your container-built edge workloads and essential business applications in highly available virtual machines (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 virtual machines, 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 virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server

Deploy and manage high-performance, scalable SQL Server running on hyperconverged infrastructure. Run your applications with high availability and the flexibility of virtualization while using Azure Backup and Azure Blob Storage to back up and restore your organization’s data.

Apply trusted enterprise virtualization

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

Scale-out storage

Combine unmatched storage and performance with validated hardware to centralize your organization's file shares. The Azure file sync feature keeps the flexibility, performance, and compatibility of an on-premises file server while replacing an aging storage area network or aggregating files from multiple sources.

General-purpose Kubernetes

Enable automated deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications by running a Kubernetes cluster on your hyperconverged infrastructure. Utilize Azure Monitor for containers to deliver a comprehensive monitoring experience to understand the performance and health of your clusters, from infrastructure to application.

Why use a hyperconverged solution made for Azure

  • Consolidate traditional virtual apps that must remain on-premises on industry-standard x86 servers with software-defined compute, storage, and networking.
  • Achieve industry-leading virtual machine performance with Hyper-V and Storage Spaces Direct technology with built-in support for non-volatile memory express (NVMe), persistent memory, and remote direct memory access (RDMA) networking.*
  • Achieve high availability with built-in clustering and distributed software resiliency.
  • Help keep apps and data secure with shielded virtual machines, network micro-segmentation, and native encryption for data at rest and in transit.
  • Manage with your choice of command-line automation or use Windows Admin Center.

*The new HCI industry record: 13.7 million IOPS with Windows Server 2019 and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory.

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Connect seamlessly to Azure for a hybrid solution

Easily start using the cloud for your hyperconverged infrastructure management with Azure integration built into the Windows Admin Center. You’ll easily build cloud skills and integrate your on-premises workloads with:

Azure Arc—enables deployment of Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure.

Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup—Protect virtual machines and use the cloud for disaster recovery (HA/DR).

Cloud witness—Use Azure for cluster quorum in failover clustering.

Azure Monitor—Track what’s happening across your applications, network, and infrastructure using advanced analytics with AI.

Update Management—Manage your virtual machines running on Azure Stack HCI.

Use Microsoft-validated solutions

Get up and running quickly and reliably with validated Azure Stack HCI solutions that feature the same software-defined compute, storage, and networking capabilities as Azure Stack, while meeting similar rigorous validation requirements.

Available from a range of hardware partners who offer solutions on industry-standard x86 hardware along with service and support.

Dell EMC
Hewlett Packard
NEC Solution Innovators
primeLine Solutions
Secure Guard
Thomas Krenn
Western Digital
Zstor Open Storage

How to buy Azure Stack HCI solutions

HCI hardware system

Buy a Microsoft-validated hardware system (from 2 to 16 nodes) from your preferred hardware partner.

HCI software

Install Windows Server 2019 Datacenter edition and Windows Admin Center, using the Azure Stack HCI documentation.

Azure services

Use your Azure account to attach management and security services to virtual workloads.


HCI use cases white paper

Get details on how to run some key workloads on Azure Stack HCI.

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HCI overview white paper

Learn how Azure Stack HCI can help you with starting your hybrid journey.

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Software architecture white paper

Understand the key features and functionality that power Azure Stack HCI.

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