Azure Stack is Microsoft’s brand new offering in the hybrid cloud space that uses the same technology as their hyperscale public could, Microsoft Azure. With this Microsoft, the ONLY hyperscale public cloud provider that can offer their services in a truly hybrid fashion. This essentially allows YOU to run Azure in your own datacentre.
Microsoft have said that “Cloud is model, not a place” and this is very apt with Azure Stack. Azure Stack brings the technology of the hyperscale cloud to your datacentre. This can present organisations a huge opportunity…
There are organisations that, for whatever reason, can’t use “the Cloud”, be that for compliance, security or other business reasons. Rarely is the reason a company “can’t use Cloud” a technological reason. Some organisations have data that they don’t want (or can’t have, for legal reasons) in the cloud but want to use “Cloud” technologies to drive their business forward.
Azure Stack offers the for these organisations the ability to actually have Azure in their own datacentres. These datacentres could be located wherever they operate, for example in Africa where Microsoft have no Azure presence at all, or in a government bunker where the idea of running applications and workloads in the cloud is just not an option.
By having an actual Cloud technology within an organisation, it can present a wide range of possibilities. For example, helping to drive a DevOps mentality within an organisation where it has not been possible as there has not been that interface that aids in adopting a DevOps mentality or practises – Azure Stack can drive this.
Some organisations that want to use Azure technologies in their organisation now have that option, with developers getting full Azure subscriptions from Microsoft, it is possible for them to develop applications in Azure but deploy them to their own instance of Azure in a compliant manner. This can help prevent shadow IT from happening, where business unit/developers decide to operate functions from somewhere that is not approved because they want the flexibility offered by Cloud technologies.
This can help an organisation to take control of a variety of different situations and offer cloud technology to their users without having to compromise.
With Azure Stack and Azure both utilising Azure Resource Manager (ARM) to present commoditized resources for consumption, be that virtual machines, SQL Server databases, website or other offerings, organisations can create applications, or even core infrastructure services, in Azure Stack, (or Azure) and utilise the output where it is required not just where it is possible.
To summarise, Azure Stack is Azure but in your datacentre thus allowing you to operate a Cloud model in your organisation.