Last month at the Ignite conference, Microsoft has announced the commercial availability of Azure Stack, the long-awaited hybrid cloud platform from Redmond.
The product that was supposed to be shipped almost a year ago got delayed due to multiple factors. It’s finally available from select OEM vendors as a hyper-converged appliance. Despite the delay, the Microsoft ecosystem is excited about the hybrid cloud opportunity delivered by Azure Stack.
Azure Stack is shipped at a time when the industry is skeptical about hybrid cloud. Microsoft’s packaging and pricing strategy of Azure Stack, which went through a few iterations causing further delay, got the analysts question about the seriousness. But at the end, Azure Stack comes across as a compelling hybrid cloud platform.
Since the rise of public cloud, the industry has been aggressively pushing the hybrid story to enterprises. Capitalizing on the fact that not every workload can move to the public cloud, many cloud vendors, system integrators and ISVs have promised to connect the enterprise data center seamlessly with the public cloud. Yet, the on-premises integration with the cloud remains a considerable challenge and also an opportunity. Amidst the false promises and the confusion, how does Microsoft plan to deliver on its promise of a true hybrid cloud? How does Azure Stack align with the vision of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge? Let’s explore.
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