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Integrated Stack:

I heard a lot of people say that they didn’t like the direction of an integrated system requirement for Azure Stack. The belief is that it will lock them into a hardware vendor that may not provide enough flexibility or choice. I attended a few sessions where Microsoft heard this feedback loud and clear, and so it was stated that the current plan is to continue and partner with Dell, HPE, Lenovo to provide the hardware for a complete certified Azure Stack integrated system. It’s after this, where Microsoft hopes additional testing and assurance can be made on a defined HCL, Microsoft hopes to offer Azure Stack as a production ready software solution for a wider array of hardware platforms. I personally had hoped for a software only solution, but I do see why an integrated system will allow Microsoft to control the experience and deliver on the expected promises. I just hope that the integrated system is not priced out of reach of most customers, as we have seen similar examples of this in the past!

An Integrated System is part of what Microsoft calls a Scale Unit. Each Scale unit must include homogenous hardware; however separate scale units can be heterogeneous hardware. Each scale unit must include at least 4 Azure Stack nodes, with one node dedicated for patch and updates. Each scale unit must also include the items in this list.

•    A pair of ToR Switches for availability and internal networking.
•    One BMC switch for hardware management
•    An Aggregate switch for external connections

 

Read the entire article here, Azure Stack Ignite Notes

via Todd Mace at www.toddmace.io.

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Todd Mace Todd Mace has 17+ years of experience as a virtualization and storage expert and author. He has been a Tech Evangelist, Product Manager, Engineer, and Senior Director in the public, private, startup, and academic sectors. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two daughters. His current certifications include: MCSE, MCT, VCP5 and he is also recognized as a VMware vExpert.

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