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10 things to consider when choosing an Azure Stack solution

Diana_Z

In September 2016, HPE and Microsoft jointly announced the HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution. Since then, the HPE and Microsoft partnership has become stronger, making this offering a hot topic.

So, what’s the big hype about the HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack? The HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution allows customers to get an Azure consistent cloud service experience running from within their own data center with a pre-validated, factory-integrated solution. This integrated solution allows you to easily move applications between Microsoft’s Azure public cloud and the Azure Stack that can now be run in your data center.

 

What sets the HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution apart from the others?

HPE offers exclusive benefits to customers that ensure operational simplicity and security through enterprise software applications, consulting, support and financing options. HPE Software applications, such as HPE Operations Bridge, HPE Helion Cloud Suite, HPE SecureData for Cloud, HPE ArcSight, HPE Application Defender and HPE Fortify help you manage and keep your solution secure. In addition, the HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution is based on the world’s most popular server, the HPE ProLiant DL380, a highly scalable platform, starting with a 4 node configuration. 

 

 

Top 10 tips on evaluating your Azure Stack vendor

  1. Work with a vendor that offers a Microsoft Azure Stack certified solution. Microsoft is currently working with 3 select partners -- including HPE -- to ensure customers have a reliable solution that performs consistently bigstock-Salesman-standing-in-front-of--118972073.jpgthroughout its lifecycle and takes care of critical operational aspects such as patching, updates, and support. This type of engineering is extremely complex, requiring an integration expert that is intimately familiar with the software and hardware to think about the full integration functionality vs piece parts.
  2. Ensure the vendor offers application and infrastructure management for Azure and Azure Stack. Tools that can automatically detect what Azure services your organization is using, when new Azure services are ordered and who orders them enable IT to provide governance over usage of Azure services helping you maintain cost.
  3. Confirm the vendor can also provide cloud management platform for multi-cloud. Checking to see if a vendor provides multi-cloud support will help the IT team easily manage the different types of cloud services in their data center, such as Azure, VMware, OpenStack, and AWS.
  4. Verify that the Azure Stack solution can protect security information and offer event management. Knowing what happens in a datacenter in advance can help the IT team reduce time to detect and respond to threats.
  5. Validate that the vendor offers data protection for data traversing through an Azure Stack solution. Moving information from one place to another can cause some data to get lost or misplaced. Work with a vendor that can encrypt data in an Azure hybrid cloud; this provides an increased level of protection for any data that may fall into the wrong hands.
  6. Check that the vendor offers application security tools for protecting cloud services. Eighty-five percent of security breaches happen through applications, making it critical to protect your applications. Ensuring that a Microsoft Azure Stack vendor offers application security will provide you with peace of mind and avoid being part of the 85% security breaches pool.
  7. Compare different pricing models for Azure Stack infrastructure. Vendors that can provide different methods of paying for your Azure Stack hybrid platform can help your business stay ahead of the competition by reducing unnecessary cost. Payment options should include flexibility to pay as you go with a choice of operational or capital expenditure, consolidated billing, separating invoicing, and financing.
  8. Ensure the vendor has the necessary Azure, Azure Stack, MS technology, hybrid cloud, cloud architectures, and IT transformation expertise. This expertise can help you develop, build, migrate to, and implement an Azure Stack solution that meets your use case needs from the hardware to cloud easier and quicker.
  9. Confirm your vendor can provide you with a single vendor support experience. Having single vendor support can help you reduce the time to solve problems. When vendors don’t offer support across a solution, customers can spend time calling the hardware, operating system and cloud providers without finding the root cause of a problem. Working with a vendor that provides a single support experience provides you with an expert that can look at the complete solution and pinpoint the problem.
  10. Test it out. The most important thing to do before you buy your Azure Stack is to try it out. Make sure the vendor can provide you hands-on experience to an Azure Stack solution. They must understand the technology and quickly implement it in the datacenter.

Learn more about the HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution and how HPE can help you mark off the 10 things to look for in a Microsoft Azure Stack vendor.

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