Microsoft India has declared the general availability of Azure Stack HCI, a new hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution that combines the flexibility, scalability, and price-performance advantages of hyper-converged infrastructure with native Azure hybrid capabilities.
According to Rajiv Sodhi, COO, Microsoft India,“ The role of hybrid cloud has transformed from being an integrator of data centers with the public cloud to an enabler of day-to-day business functions. Consistent hybrid tools and experiences have never been more important and Azure Stack HCI brings together the familiarity and flexibility of on-premises virtualization with powerful new hybrid capabilities. With our cloud-native approach, we aim to help customers realize higher value HCI through quick deployment and integration that leverages familiar management and tools with flexible Azure subscription pricing. This will enable organizations to be adaptive, agile, efficient, and responsive across locations, optimizing operations and IT cost efficiency in an increasingly remote work environment today.”
“Modern Indian enterprises consider the cloud to be an essential investment that lies at the heart of their digital transformation efforts, creating the scale and cost efficiencies they need. Enterprises are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud models to modernize their infrastructure for flexibility in workload placement without compromising on performance and security. Azure Stack HCI simplifies how IT can access Azure services based on what makes sense for their business, whether that is on-premises or in the cloud. Intel Select Solutions combine Intel-based hardware with Microsoft Azure Stack HCI to form the basis for simplified, low-cost, hyper-converged infrastructure by enabling scalable storage, compute and memory.” – Prakash Mallya, VP and MD – Sales, Marketing and Communications Group, Intel India.
Part of the Azure Stack portfolio, it provides organizations seamless access to Microsoft Azure for hybrid cloud scenarios across data centers, remote offices, cloud and edge locations.
Compatible with both Windows and Linux virtual machines, Azure Stack HCI solutions will be available from 20 partners offering Microsoft-validated hardware systems to ensure optimal performance and reliability.
As organizations rebuild their businesses, an effective multi-cloud, multi-edge hybrid approach will be vital. It provides them the much-required agility, efficiency and resilience while staying compliant.
Microsoft is collaborating with Intel on taking Azure Stack HCI to the market. Intel supports Azure Stack HCI through a broad set of technologies foundational to scaling, processing, and moving workloads.