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HPE reveals the latest news on HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack



KenWon.Ludington.PNGIn order to thrive in today’s environment, many businesses are turning to a hybrid cloud solution. And soon, enterprises and service providers will be able to realize the best of both worlds with the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack.  Co-engineered by two industry powerhouses, HPE and Microsoft, this solution gives you a hybrid cloud platform in your own datacenter--a Microsoft Azure Stack that is consistent with Azure public cloud services.

HPE is laying the groundwork now for a release date that is planned for midway through this year. At the recent HPE Discover 2016 in London, Ken Won, HPE’s director of Cloud Solutions Marketing, talked with tech guru, Jake Ludington, to provide some updates on the offering.

Ludington first asked Won to clarify exactly what the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack is. Won explained that the solution is an integrated system that delivers Azure-consistent, software-defined infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) on verified HPE hardware—hardware that has been validated to provide a robust customer experience.  This means that you can easily transform your on-premises datacenter resources into a hybrid cloud environment or build your own private cloud services. Built on the world’s best-selling server (HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9), the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack is a complete compute, storage, networking and software system.

“Most customers are looking for some sort of hybrid IT environment. Yet regulatory compliance, data sovereignty, security, cost and latency issues often cause some concerns with using the public cloud,” explained Won.  “The HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack allows customers to have the Azure experience running in their own datacenter. And it’s fully compatible with the Azure public cloud, which is what’s really exciting.”

Ludington asked Won to explain the difference between Azure Pack and Azure Stack. According to Won, Azure Pack is not completely compatible with Azure cloud services, which makes it challenging to move between on-premises Azure Pack deployment and Microsoft Azure.  For example, services in Azure Pack are not API compatible. “With Azure Stack, you have full API compatibility and full workload portability,” continued Won. “As you can imagine, there is a huge amount of interest in this. Lots of companies want to be able to move workloads back and forth between private and public cloud—with no code changes.”

Won went on to explain how HPE is helping customers prepare for this new offering. “A technical preview is now available, which lets you download and install proof-of-concept software,” Won said. “As a matter of fact, we’ve developed a white paper detailing the installation and configuration; so we’re encouraging customers to try it out and experience it in their own datacenters.” Additionally, HPE and Microsoft have opened a joint innovation center in Seattle, Washington to connect customers with experts as they test the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack.

Won concluded, “We are seeing a tremendous amount of excitement about this solution. Many of our customers are looking forward to implementing the solution and using it in their own datacenters.”

To learn more about trying out the solution today, download the white paper, Implementing Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview (Proof-of-Concept).

Watch the entire video interview with Won and Ludington below:


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