Microsoft Announces Technical Preview Of Azure Stack

 Business owners and data managers have concerns about storing their sensitive data in public clouds. But a cloud doesn’t need to be public. A cloud can be as simple as your current hosting server. A cloud can be a private cloud. A cloud can be a combination of both public and private, otherwise known as a hybrid cloud. For most of the large-scale enterprise applications, a hybrid cloud is probably the best choice. I’ve architected solutions just like that where some data and services are in a public cloud and some are in a private cloud. If you want to learn more about hybrid clouds, I recommend reading an Overview of Hybrid Clouds. You should also check out one more article on C# Corner titled Cloud Computing Service Models that talks about IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS and role of clouds.

Microsoft Azure is planning to solve the same problem with its Azure Stack. Microsoft just announced the first Technical Preview of Microsoft Azure Stack via a blog post by Mike Neil, Corporate VP, Enterprise Cloud, Microsoft Corporation.

From the blog post:

Today, Microsoft is delivering on the next phase of its hybrid cloud strategy with the first Technical Preview of Microsoft Azure Stack – the only hybrid cloud platform that is consistent with a leading public cloud. Born from Azure, Azure Stack helps organizations deliver Azure services from their own datacenter.

With Azure Stack, Microsoft is bringing proven innovation – including IaaS and higher level PaaS services – from hyper-scale datacenters to on-premises, enterprise-scale environments to meet customers’ business requirements.

Why does a consistent hybrid cloud platform really matter? Because it provides customers access to the rich Azure ecosystem, empowering developers, IT and organizations to do more:

  • Application developers can maximize their productivity using a ‘write once, deploy to Azure or Azure Stack’ approach. Using APIs that are identical to Microsoft Azure, they can create applications based on open source or .NET technology that can easily run on-premises or in the public cloud. They can also leverage the rich Azure ecosystem to jumpstart their Azure Stack development efforts. 

  • IT professionals can transform on-premises datacenter resources into Azure IaaS/PaaS services while maintaining oversight using the same management and automation tools that Microsoft uses to operate Azure. This approach to cloud enables IT professionals to have a valuable seat at the table – they are empowered to deliver services to the business quickly, while continuing to steward corporate governance needs. 

  • Organizations can embrace hybrid cloud computing on their terms by helping them address business and technical considerations like regulation, data sovereignty, customization and latency. Azure Stack enables that by giving businesses the freedom to decide where applications and workloads reside without being constrained by technology.