Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has unveiled details of its upcoming HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution – an integrated system that would enable organizations to increase agility and flexibility by delivering Microsoft Azure cloud compatible infrastructure as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) services from their on-premises data center.
Using Azure Stack powered by HPE integrated systems, enterprises and service providers will be able to realize the speed and simplicity of the public cloud, combined with the cost-effectiveness and security of an on-premises private cloud.
Co-engineered by HPE and Microsoft, the HPE | Azure Stack solution will provide enterprises with an Azure hybrid cloud platform in their own datacenter that is compatible with Azure public cloud services.
The HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution is targeted for availability in mid-2017. HPE Consulting for Azure Hybrid Cloud services are available now to assist organizations plan their Azure Stack deployments.
Managing Azure Private Cloud
HPE also introduced new HPE Consulting for Azure Hybrid Cloud services to help enterprises and service providers successfully implement Azure Stack, as well as enhancements to HPE Flexible Capacity and support for Azure.
“Microsoft and HPE share a view that hybrid cloud capabilities and consistency across public and private cloud environments helps customers accelerate their cloud strategy,” said Mike Schutz, general manager, product marketing, Microsoft. “The HPE solution for Azure Stack builds off the relationship we announced last year, tightly integrating the hardware, software, support and services to help customers benefit from the pace of cloud innovation while reducing deployment complexity and risk.”
The HPE | Azure Stack solution will be able to deployed together with HPE Operations Bridge software – to offer an analytics-driven, automated operations management solution for managing Azure private cloud, Azure public cloud and traditional IT. This would reduce operating cost and complexity with features such as causal and predictive analytics, automated remediation and integration with Microsoft System Center.
Additionally, HPE hybrid cloud solutions provide multi-cloud support, allowing enterprises and service providers to manage cloud environments that include Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, VMware and OpenStack.
Security and Compliance
“Many enterprises would like to host Azure within their data centers for performance, security or compliance reasons and many service providers would like to offer Azure-compatible services for data sovereignty or other targeted services,” said Paul Miller, vice president of marketing, Converged Data Center Infrastructure, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). “HPE is teaming with Microsoft to deliver the right mix of on- and off-premises Azure services with built-in security, operations management, pay-as-you-go pricing and the expertise that provides unmatched flexibility and cost savings for enterprise workloads.”
The HPE | Azure Stack solution will be built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 as a complete compute, storage, networking and software system. Using a consistent, uniform portal, IT operators and developers would enabled to quickly access both Azure public and private cloud services – to rapidly provision cloud resources, build applications, and easily move them between Azure public cloud and Azure Stack running on-premises.