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Accelerate deployment of Azure hybrid cloud for your mission-critical apps


In my last blog, I discussed how Microsoft® Azure® Stack—a new, hybrid cloud platform that enables enterprises and service providers to deliver Azure services from within their own data center—offers a true hybrid experience for fast, easy access to public cloud resources for dev-test, production deployment on private cloud, or for scaling out an app to public cloud. I also introduced you to workshop and POC expertise that is available now to give you a jump-start on deploying HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack, a pre-tested, factory-integrated solution—co-engineered by HPE and Microsoft—built for the rapid deployment and full portability of workloads between your Azure Stack private cloud and the Azure public cloud.

Ask yourself the “million dollar” question: Is HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack the right Azure hybrid cloud solution for your mission-critical apps?

What are you looking for?

Enterprises are generally looking for robust, flexible cloud platforms that are easy to deploy, scale, and manage as the target destination for both traditional and cloud-native workloads—along with workload portability to meet the changing needs of the business. And they want to do it with a minimal amount of effort and investment.

How does HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack meet these requirements as an azure hybrid cloud solution?

Delivering best-in-class Azure hybrid cloud for accelerated deployment and reliability


Here are six reasons why HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack is the industry-leading platform for delivering the Azure private cloud capabilities that your enterprise needs to increase agility, accelerate innovation, and control costs.

  1. Power of Azure: The technical fundamentals of Microsoft Azure Stack enable applications and components designed for Azure public cloud to work seamlessly with your Azure Stack private cloud because the same Azure APIs are used. This offers full portability to run each app on the optimal compute and storage platform based on its needs and development phase, leveraging Microsoft Azure’s strong track record and growing adoption for running business critical applications.You can run Azure IaaS services for apps such as Microsoft SQL Server® or Microsoft SharePoint®. Developers can be empowered to continually innovate on cloud applications for mobile or web using Azure PaaS services such as App Service or Support. You also can support diverse storage options easier so that your applications use the storage approach that best fits their data—such as Blobs, Tables, SQL Server, and MySQL.
  2. Reliability: Factory-integrated and pre-tested by HPE and Microsoft, the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution is built on HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world’s best-selling server with an impressive track record of reliability and performance to meet demanding application needs—from analytics and big data to mobile, industry-specific, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) apps. HPE’s leadership in delivering integrated systems is recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems.
  3. Scalability: The HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution is designed to easily scale as your business applications require. Using HPE Flexible Capacity, a variable consumption model which will support the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution, for instant scaling up or down provides tremendous flexibility for growth and surges in demand. This option for pay-as-you-go pricing, a single portal, and unified billing across your Azure private, public, and hybrid cloud services helps you gain control over your cloud costs for all your applications in the cloud. All of this is key to keeping up with the growth in application demands that may require on-premises resources in the areas of mobile, web, and analytics—especially in emerging areas driven by IoT.
  4. Manageability: Implementation is designed to be quick and easy with the pre-validated solution factory configuration and installation services so you become productive immediately—saving you time and money. And you stay productive with simplified management as updates—from the firmware all the way to the Azure services—are validated and implemented in an orchestrated way to ensure that your apps are not disrupted. IT can also leverage the same management and automation services used to manage the Azure public cloud, providing a single vendor experience for the entire Azure Stack environment with HPE infrastructure. HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack is also the only Azure Stack hybrid cloud solution offering analytics-driven, autonomous operations management in a single pane of glass for Azure, Azure Stack, and traditional IT with the option to add HPE Operations Bridge to your solution. This further simplifies hybrid IT management so you can keep your environment and apps at peak performance.
  5. Security: Since you run HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution in a private cloud model as part of your own datacenter, it conforms to your security and compliance controls. It is also the only solution that offers unified, Azure compatible security information and event management for your entire IT environment—public, hybrid, or traditional IT—through a single security tool suite that can be added to your solution, HPE ArcSight.
  6. Expertise: More than 4000 HPE Technology Consultants with extensive Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack, and hybrid cloud experience are available to help you define and implement your right mix of Azure public cloud, private cloud, and traditional IT—offering a customized, step-by-step transformation to Azure hybrid cloud.
  7. Support: Whether you use Azure public cloud, hybrid cloud, or private cloud, HPE can meet your needs for global, enterprise-class support. HPE Proactive Care helps prevent issues before they impact your apps or your business, while HPE Datacenter Care provides end-to-end support for your hybrid IT environment.

And as I mentioned in my last blog, you don’t have to wait until Microsoft Azure Stack is released in mid-2017 before you start planning to take advantage of its capabilities for your business applications. You can get ready with the HPE Azure Hybrid Cloud Advisory Workshop and POC (Proof of Concept) consulting services, which allow you to install an HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack test environment to explore its potential and to validate your key applications.

Don’t delay—get started today!

This is the opportunity to get ahead of the competition! Now is the time to start planning your Azure private cloud deployment with HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack to get more out of your apps and workloads. Visit one of the Azure Stack Innovation Centers to test your use cases and to receive guidance from Microsoft and HPE experts to reduce risk and accelerate deployment. With thousands of experts available worldwide, we’re here to help you design and deploy your Microsoft Azure Stack—fast.

To find out more about the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution and what it can do for your business, visit and download the Implementing Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview (Proof-of-Concept) technical white paper. Then call your HPE account rep or channel partner and find out how soon you can start!

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Deborah Martin is a cloud enthusiast with over 7 years in creating cloud solutions for multiple industries and business needs. She is part of the HPE Helion team that works to promote and educate on solutions for key business use cases for cloud computing