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Time to play: Microsoft releases Azure Stack TP3



Today, Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3). Azure Stack allows you to run Azure services on-premises so you can have a consistent hybrid application development environment that includes both Azure public cloud and on-premises services. Have you made plans to play with it? Azure Stack will be available mid-calendar year 2017, but you don’t have to wait to find out what deploying an Azure-consistent hybrid cloud on-premises can mean for your business. 

With HPE, you can start planning your Azure Stack hybrid cloud deployment today. In the previous blog in this series, we discussed seven reasons why deploying Microsoft® Azure® Stack on HPE infrastructure delivers best-in-class Azure hybrid cloud for accelerated deployment and reliability, and the narrow window of opportunity you have to leapfrog your competitors. In this blog, we’ll briefly touch on the capabilities of TP3, and then I’ll highlight the reasons why I believe HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack is the only Azure Stack solution that makes sense for your business.

Your Azure-consistent, on-premises, hybrid cloud

As an extension of Azure, Azure Stack offers services in an on-premises, hybrid cloud environment under your control. By enabling a consistent and flexible hybrid cloud environment, your developers can leverage the same tools and processes to build apps for both hybrid and public cloud, and then deploy them to the optimal target platform that best meets your business, regulatory, and technical requirements. It also allows you to accelerate development by using pre-built solutions from the Azure Marketplace, including many open source tools and technologies.

Azure Stack TP3 allows you to deploy and operate both Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) services using the same tools and offering the same experience as Azure public cloud. Taking virtualization to the next level, Azure IaaS leverages the capabilities of Virtual Machine Scale Sets with true auto-scaling, enabling you to quickly build, deploy, and scale modern apps including containerized workloads. At the same time, Azure-consistent services enable hybrid deployment and portability of fully managed PaaS (Azure App Service) and serverless computing (Azure Functions) apps in your own data center.

This latest release of Azure Stack software has new features that enable simplified scale out workloads, running in locations without connections to Azure, cloud utility-model procurement features, Azure consistency updates, deployment reliability, and infrastructure and security enhancements for operations. Shortly after TP3, Azure Functions will be available to run on TP3, followed by Blockchain, Cloud Foundry, and Mesos. Azure Stack integrated systems will also be available for order in mid-CY17.


The unique capabilities of HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack

While Azure Stack delivers Azure-consistent services in your own hybrid cloud, you still need to build the infrastructure. And you want to get up and running quickly. That’s why Microsoft has partnered with HPE to create a purpose-built, ready-to-run Azure Stack integrated system with enterprise-grade customer support. With this solution, you get the following benefits and capabilities:

  • Based on the world’s best-selling server. The HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution is based on the HPE ProLiant DL380 server, world’s best-selling server. Enterprises and service providers like the HPE ProLiant DL380 for its reliability and performance.
  • Pay-per-use: HPE makes it easy for you to get the same pay-per-use cost structure as public cloud, giving you flexibility and saving you money. By combining the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution with the HPE Flexible Capacity program, you get consumption-based pricing, paying only for what you use. You can instantly scale up or down, avoiding the usual procurement process that can take weeks or even months.
  • Easy manageability: Deploy HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack and add HPE Operations Bridge to get a single pane of glass, analytics-driven, autonomous operations management for Azure, Azure Stack, and traditional IT. Full lifecycle support ensures that all updates—from firmware to Azure Stack services—are validated, implemented, and orchestrated to ensure minimal disruption.
  • Tailored assistance: You can start planning your Azure hybrid cloud deployment by visiting one of the HPE – Microsoft Azure Stack Innovation Centers . You can test your use cases, implement a proof of concept, meet with HPE and Microsoft Azure experts for both business and technical planning and perform multi-node testing. We’re here to help you design and deploy your Azure Stack, reducing your risk and accelerating deployment.
  • Experienced consultants: HPE has trained thousands of HPE Technology Consultants with extensive Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack, and hybrid cloud experience to help you define and implement your right mix of public cloud, private cloud, and traditional IT—offering a customized, step-by-step transformation to Azure hybrid cloud.
  • Global 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 business, while HPE Datacenter Care provides end-to-end support for your hybrid IT environment.

Don’t delay—get started today!

Learn more about the HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution and what it can do for your business. Or email us at We can help you with a POC (proof of concept), architect your hybrid cloud or plan how your organization will benefit from Azure Stack.


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Ken Won is the Director of Cloud Solutions Marketing at HPE. He is responsible for marketing the HPE Helion brand and HPE cloud solutions. Before joining HPE, Ken spent over 20 years in the high tech. industry at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, AMD and Force10 Networks. Ken has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.