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Microsoft Azure Stack Call to Action

Patrick_Lownds

Microsoft Azure Stack or MAS is Microsoft’s new hybrid cloud platform, currently in Technical Preview 1 (TP1), MAS lets you bring the power of Microsoft public cloud, Microsoft Azure, to your on-premises datacenter.

One of the key messages that Microsoft delivers when it talks about MAS is one of a message around consistency with Microsoft Azure. Here, Microsoft delivers a consistent approach to the architecture, the experience, a unified application model in Azure Resource Manager, and a common DevOps approach, either with tools like Visual Studio or in open-source tools like GitHub.

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I like the phrase “develop once and publish where appropriate” be that across hybrid, public or hosted cloud platforms. You can develop a template to build out an application environment or given workload, and publish that template to the most appropriate environment.

The hardware requirements for MAS and TP1 represent the highest set of requirements that I have ever seen from any Microsoft product. However, you have to think about what Microsoft has achieved here. They have managed to reduce the hardware requirements for Microsoft Azure, to a single server-class hardware platform. Admittedly, the hardware might initially be a bit of a challenge as some of us ITPros don’t necessarily have this kind of hardware freely available.

If the hardware requirement proves to be initially a challenge, then I would advise you to reach out to your HPE Account Manager, and consider leveraging one of HPEs Competency Centres, to kick start your Azure Stack POC. HPE also has a presence in Microsoft’s Technology Centres (MTCs) around the world, and maybe this represents an alternative option to you to start your MAS POC.

The hardware requirements for MAS are defined in the table below:

Component

Minimum

Recommended

Compute: CPU

Dual-Socket: 12 Physical Cores

Dual-Socket: 16 Physical Cores

Compute: Memory

96 GB RAM

128 GB RAM

Compute: BIOS

Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support)

Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support)

Network: NIC

Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required

Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required

Disk drives: Operating System

1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD)

1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD)

Disk drives: General Azure Stack POC Data

4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 140 GB of capacity (SSD or HDD).

4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 250 GB of capacity.

 

Jeffrey Snover, who is the Chief Architect - Enterprise Cloud at Microsoft, has a blog post and video that covers the MAS hardware requirements, and you kind find the link to that here. I also include a BOM that I am using below. Please make sure that you get this validated by your local HPE presales team, to ensure you have the right options for your needs, e.g. power and cables.

 

DL360 Gen9

 

Qty

Item No

Description

1

755258-B21

HP DL360 Gen9 8SFF CTO Server

1

755258-B21  B19

Europe - Multilingual Localization

1

755384-L21

HP DL360 Gen9 E5-2630v3 FIO Kit

1

755384-B21

HP DL360 Gen9 E5-2630v3 Kit

1

755384-B21  0D1

Factory integrated

8

726719-B21

HP 16GB 2Rx4 PC4-2133P-R Kit

8

726719-B21  0D1

Factory integrated

5

655710-B21

HP 1TB 6G SATA 7.2k 2.5in SC MDL HDD

5

655710-B21  0D1

Factory integrated

1

691864-B21

HP 200GB 6G SATA ME 2.5in SC EM SSD

1

691864-B21  0D1

Factory integrated

1

766207-B21

HP DL360 Gen9 SFF Embed SATA Cable

1

766207-B21  0D1

Factory integrated

1

749974-B21

HP Smart Array P440ar/2G FIO Controller

1

764285-B21

HP IB FDR/EN 40Gb 2P 544+FLR-QSFP Adptr

1

764285-B21  0D1

Factory integrated

1

734807-B21

HP 1U SFF Easy Install Rail Kit

1

734807-B21  0D1

Factory integrated

1

720478-B21

HP 500W FS Plat Ht Plg Pwr Supply Kit

1

720478-B21  0D1

Factory integrated

 

Microsoft has published the Azure Stack documentation up on Azure here. Note that the base operating system for MAS TP1 is currently Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition TP4 – Full Edition and so please ensure that you follow any HPE specific guidance, especially when deploying Windows Server 2016 e.g. compatible hardware, supported firmware, and drivers from HPEs whitepaper here. HPE also has some specific guidance on implementing MAS TP1 here.

If you want to learn more about the details of MAS, then you can replay the webcast here that was hosted by Mark Russinovich (CTO, Microsoft Azure) and Jeffrey Snover in early February.

I would encourage you to get involved and take a look at the Azure application model, including Azure Resource Manager, and more detail can be found on that here.

 

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