Modernize your datacenter
Azure Stack HCI is built from the ground up to take you to the advanced level of HCI without sacrificing legacy functionality. While Azure Stack HCI optimizes on-premises hardware by improving workload virtualization, it also integrates with key Azure hybrid services.
10 Azure Stack HCI facts to simplify digital transformation
Extensible to the cloud by design
Every Azure Stack HCI node comes enabled with Azure Arc to seamlessly bring the full power of Azure services to your on-premises locations.
Create and manage virtual machines on-prem or from the Azure Portal for ultimate flexibility. Also, enable cluster monitoring and management from a ‘single pane of glass’.
With Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI (AKS on HCI), get the consistency and familiarity you expect with AKS now on on-premises.
Deploy select Azure services and cloud native apps on-prem (leveraging AKS on HCI) with management, billing and support through the Azure cloud.
The HCI Platform for PaaS on-premises
The Core of Microsoft’s Hybrid Cloud Strategy
Microsoft is a recognized leader in the hybrid cloud space, and Azure Stack HCI with Azure Arc is at its core.
Backed by the power and resources of Microsoft, Azure Stack HCI and Azure Arc have dedicated technical resources for development and project management, ensuring customers have the unmatched expertise they need, when they need it.
Azure Stack HCI leverages key software defined technologies of Windows Server, one of the most deployed and hardened tech products in all of enterprise.
Azure Stack HCI leverages a proven hypervisor that drives Azure public cloud—the preferred cloud choice of over 95% of Fortune 500 companies.
Built on Proven Enterprise Excellence
Azure Stack HCI has a dedicated support team and a full support ticket exchange with partners providing quicker response by experts with deep product knowledge, enabling one team to manage a support ticket from start to resolution.
Diverse Variety of Hardware Solutions
Deploy with the largest partner ecosystem in the industry with diverse options of solutions to choose from. Visit the Azure Stack HCI catalog to see server class systems from data center racks to small form factors for the edge and remote offices. For best performance, RDMA is recommended on Azure Stack HCI deployments, however it is not required to enable the technology giving the customer flexibility.
Azure Stack HCI works with the most popular tools in the industry, providing multiple options for management tools and consoles for clusters. That means limited new learning and—with Azure Arc enabled monitoring—a reduced need for local IT resources in branch office/remote office scenarios.
Scalability Done Right
Azure Stack While support for Cluster Sets raises the scalability of Azure Stack HCI to hundreds of nodes, over 90% of deployed clusters in the market are below 12 nodes, so Azure Stack HCI covers all possibilities. Additionally, Azure Stack HCI scales near linearly when adding nodes, for maximum value of investment.
Streamlined Full Stack Updates
Azure Stack HCI integrated systems feature streamlined fullstack updates for simultaneous upgrade of all software and firmware. For validated nodes, solution partners provides seamless integration of their monitoring tools and update management with Windows Admin Center.
Organize your storage tiers to best fit the needs of your workloads with Azure Stack HCI. By default, cache drives help with large, persistent, real-time read/write needs, but are not required. Configuration flexibility helps deliver the best performance in the HCI market.
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 datacenter or at the edge using your existing tools, processes, and skill sets. Extend your datacenter to the cloud with Azure Backup, Azure Monitor, and Azure Security Center.