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HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack helps Daisy deliver next generation services: Hybrid cloud


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Author: Nancy Lichtle, WW Service Provider Marketing


 Daisy Group, a digital provider of end-to-end business communications and managed services solutions in the UK, heard its customers loud and clear: they wanted public cloud.

However, legacy infrastructure, a high barrier to entry, and data sovereignty concerns prevented many of them from moving to public cloud, particularly those customers in the education, healthcare, government, and finance sectors. Daisy went looking for a hybrid cloud solution that would seamlessly mesh public cloud access with the on-premises resources its customers’ compliance and regulatory requirements demanded.HPE SDCG Daisy social card_030817.jpg


The HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud solution emerged as the perfect middle ground for bridging Daisy’s shared infrastructure resources with its customers’ existing technology investments. Combining HPE’s enterprise-class technology with Microsoft’s powerful cloud software, the solution provides Daisy and its customers with the flexibility, efficiency, and scale of the cloud, with full visibility and control over all their infrastructure resources from a single portal.

“Daisy’s unique selling point is its ability to provide an end-to-end SLA across an entire hybrid solution, from the desktop all the way to the public cloud on a single build with no other third-party components involved,” says Alex Wilmot, Director of Cloud Solutions at Daisy.

Partnering for Innovation

Daisy leveraged its long-standing relationships with both HPE and Microsoft, forming a three-way partnership to plan, build, and test HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack. With consulting provided by HPE Pointnext Services, Daisy stood up a proof-of-concept version of the solution in its Birmingham Innovation Center, enabling its customers to experience firsthand the potential of an end-to-end hybrid cloud experience.

While some public cloud providers—such as Amazon and Microsoft—have recently opened data centers within the UK, these services don’t address the needs of organizations within compliance-bound sectors such as education, government, and finance, which require on-premises cloud capabilities but want the flexibility to use public cloud resources for appropriate workloads. 

By hosting private clouds on HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack in Daisy’s data centers, customers can still physically contain, see, and audit their data workloads, but with the benefit of a transparent connection between their infrastructure and the public cloud.

“When [HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack] goes general availability, it will be a turnkey solution that customers can consume just like public cloud, but safe in the knowledge that data resides on that local stack,” says Mark Scaife, Director of Cloud Strategy at Daisy. “You’re free to move workloads between public cloud and Azure Stack in a seamless experience, using Daisy as your partner and guide.”

Read a detailed case study on Daisy’s implementation of HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack or watch the video to hear directly from the Daisy team.  

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