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Can’t wait for Azure Stack? Start today with the HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS Standard


Recently, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a new offering to support, Azure Stack, the HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution. And in preparation for the announcement, Whitney Garcia wrote a series of blogs that give us more information about the upcoming offering. From the difference between Azure Stack and Azure Pack to an overview of Azure Stack capabilities, these articles provide readers with a good foundation for understanding what’s coming in 2017.

So although Azure Stack is not going to be generally available for many months, today you can get started on this journey in many ways:

As a follow up to her article, I wanted to explain a bit more on her second option in getting ready for Azure Stack—deploying an HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS-Standard. Let’s start with the basics:

The HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS Standard powered by Intel® provides a fast, simple, and efficient hybrid cloud, Azure-in-a-box, virtualization solution targeted for SMB, Enterprise, LOBs and ROBO customers.


  • Accelerated time-to-value by deploying with HPE OneView Instant On.


  • Faster scalability to meet ever-changing business needs and add nodes as you grow
  • Quick troubleshooting and problem resolution


  • Integrated infrastructure with modular building blocks
  • Familiar Microsoft management consoles you can use with this solution
  • Single vendor accountability to help you with any support issues from hardware to software


  • Built on HPE ProLiant technology
  • Improved operational efficiency
  • Wide range of workloads and environments supported

And HPE is not the only one talking about the speed and simplicity of the HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS-Standard, Redmond magazine is also signing praises: 

“The HPE OVIO tool takes all the guesswork and hassle out of configuring a multi-node system…At the end of the day, the HC 250 CPS version provides a solid platform for running cloud-based applications within your own datacenter. It also makes it drop-dead simple to move applications to and from the Azure cloud. This provides great flexibility for both initial development and for long-term operations.” –Read Full Article

Now you are probably asking, how is this going to help me on the path to Azure? First, the HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS-Standard can help you get exposure to the following Azure services:

  • Azure Backup helps protect critical assets providing a compelling alternative to tape and a secure and reliable backup-as-a-service making it an efficient and flexible online backup service
  • Azure Site Recovery is a fully-featured disaster recovery offering automated VM protection and replication, and continuous health monitoring
  • Operations Management Suite provides a cost-effective way to manage your Azure hybrid cloud

But the best part of all this is that you will be able to access your Azure Pack resources on an HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS Azure Pack services from the Azure Stack portal. This way you can start your Azure journey today with the HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft and continue using and managing your Azure Pack resource within the HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution when it becomes generally available.

Read the interactive brochure to learn more about HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS Standard and get started on your Azure journey today


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