Category Archives : Hybrid

10

Dec

Azure Stack HCI now running on HPE Edgeline EL8000

Do you need rugged, compact-sized hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) enabled servers to run your branch office and edge workloads? Do you want to modernize your applications and IoT functions with container technology? Do you want to leverage Azure’s hybrid services such as backup, disaster recovery, update management, monitoring, and security compliance? 

Well, Microsoft and HPE have teamed up to validate the HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge system for Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI program. Designed specifically for space-constrained environments, the HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge system has a unique 17-inch depth form factor that fits into limited infrastructures too small for other x86 systems. The chassis has an 8.7-inch width which brings additional flexibility for deploying at the deep edge, whether it is in a telco environment, a mobile vehicle, or a manufacturing floor. This Network Equipment-Building System (NEBs) compliant system delivers secure scalability.

HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge system gives: Traditional x86 compute optimized for edge deployments, far from the traditional data center without the sacrifice of compute performance. Edge-optimized remote system management with wireless capabilities based on Redfish industry standard. Compact form factor, with short-depth and half-width options. Rugged, modular form factor for secure scalability and serviceability in edge and hostile environments including

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09

Dec

Networking enables the new world of Edge and 5G Computing
Networking enables the new world of Edge and 5G Computing

At the recent Microsoft Ignite 2019 conference, we introduced two new and related perspectives on the future and roadmap of edge computing.

Before getting further into the details of Network Edge Compute (NEC) and Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC), let’s take a look at the key scenarios which are emerging in line with 5G network deployments. For a decade, we have been working with customers to move their workloads from their on-premises locations to Azure to take advantage of the massive economies of scale of the public cloud. We get this scale with the ongoing build-out of new Azure regions and the constant increase of capacity in our existing regions, reducing the overall costs of running data centers.

For most workloads, running in the cloud is the best choice. Our ability to innovate and run Azure as efficiently as possible allows customers to focus on their business instead of managing physical hardware and associated space, power, cooling, and physical security. Now, with the advent of 5G mobile technology promising larger bandwidth and better reliability, we see significant requirements for low latency offerings to enable scenarios such as smart-buildings, factories, and agriculture. The “smart” prefix highlights that there is a compute-intensive workload,

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05

Dec

Microsoft has validated the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 edge server for Azure Stack HCI

Do you need rugged, compact-sized hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) enabled servers to run your branch office and edge workloads? Do you want to modernize your applications and IoT functions with container technology? Do you want to leverage Azure’s hybrid services such as backup, disaster recovery, update managment, monitoring, and security compliance?  

Microsoft and Lenovo have teamed up to validate the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 for Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI program. The ThinkSystem SE350 was designed and built with the unique requirements of edge servers in mind. It is versatile enough to stretch the limitations of server locations, providing a variety of connectivity and security options and can be easily managed with Lenovo XClarity Controller. The ThinkSystem SE350 solution has a focus on smart connectivity, business security, and manageability for the harsh environment. To see all Lenovo servers validated for Azure Stack HCI, see the Azure Stack HCI catalog to learn more.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350:

The ThinkSystem SE350 is the latest workhorse for the edge. Designed and built with the unique requirements for edge servers in mind, it is versatile enough to stretch the limitations of server locations, providing a variety of connectivity and security options and is easily managed with Lenovo XClarity

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05

Nov

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/expanding-the-azure-stack-portfolio-to-run-hybrid-applications-across-the-cloud-datacenter-and-the-edge/Since announcing Azure Stack in 2017, we’ve set the stage for extending the cloud to customers’ datacenters. The hybrid cloud has been one of the design principles for Azure from the start. Today, customers including the Hong Kong Exchanges and READ MORE

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05

Nov

Bring Azure data services to your infrastructure with Azure Arc

With the exponential growth in data, organizations find themselves in increasingly heterogenous data estates, full of data sprawl and silos, spreading across on-premises data centers, the edge, and multiple public clouds. It has been a balancing act for organizations trying to bring about innovation faster while maintaining consistent security and governance. The lack of a unified view of all their data assets across their environments poses extra complexity for best practices in data management.

As Satya announced in his vision keynote at Microsoft Ignite, we are redefining hybrid by bringing innovation anywhere with Azure. We are introducing Azure Arc, which brings Azure services and management to any infrastructure. This enables Azure data services to run on any infrastructure using Kubernetes. Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale are both available in preview on Azure Arc, and we will bring more data services to Azure Arc over time.

For customers who need to maintain data workloads in on-premises datacenters due to regulations, data sovereignty, latency, and so on, Azure Arc can bring the latest Azure innovation, cloud benefits like elastic scale and automation, unified management, and unmatched security on-premises. 

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04

Nov

Azure Arc: Extending Azure management to any infrastructure

If you are like many of our customers, you run a mix of applications in your on-premises datacenters, in the cloud and at the edge. We have been on a journey over the last few years to bring you hybrid innovations to meet you where you are. We have invested in individual connected management services such as Azure Monitor and Azure Backup. We have also delivered a consistent platform through Azure Stack Hub, ensuring that investments made in Azure can be used in disconnected environments.

Many enterprises still face a sprawl of resources spread across multiple datacenters, clouds, and edge locations. Our customers tell us that they are looking for a cloud-native control plane to inventory, organize, and enforce policies for their IT resources wherever they are, from a central place.

At Microsoft Ignite this week, we’re taking another major step forward with our hybrid technology. We are announcing Azure Arc, a set of technologies that extends the control plane of Azure out to on-premises, multi-cloud environments and edge. Azure Arc enables customers to have a central, unified, and self-service approach to manage their Windows and Linux Servers, Kubernetes clusters, and Azure data services wherever they are. Azure Arc also

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03

Nov

Azure services now run anywhere with new hybrid capabilities: Announcing Azure Arc

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-services-now-run-anywhere-with-new-hybrid-capabilities-announcing-azure-arc/Enterprises rely on a hybrid technology approach to take advantage of their on-premises investment and, at the same time, utilize cloud innovation. As more business operations and applications expand to include edge devices and multiple clouds, hybrid capabilities must enable READ MORE

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29

Oct

How Hanu helps bring Windows Server workloads to Azure

For decades our Microsoft services partners have fostered digital transformation at customer organizations around the world. With deep expertise in both on-premises and cloud operating models, our partners are trusted advisers to their customer, helping shape migration decisions. Partners give customers hands-on support with everything from initial strategy to implementation – giving them a unique perspective on why migration matters.

Hanu is one of our premier Microsoft partners and the winner of the 2019 Microsoft Azure Influencer Partner of the Year.  Hanu experts rely on expertise with Windows Server and SQL Server, as well as Azure, to plan and manage cloud migration. This ensures that customers get proactive step-by-step guidance and best in class support as they transform with the cloud. 

Recently, I sat down with Dave Sasson, Chief Strategy Officer at Hanu, to learn more about why Windows Server customers migrate to the cloud, and why they choose Azure. Below I am sharing a few key excerpts.

How often are Windows Server customers considering cloud as a part of their digital strategy today? How are they thinking about migrating business applications?

Very frequently we talk to customers that have Windows Servers running their business-critical apps. For a significant number

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01

Aug

Introducing Azure Dedicated Host
Introducing Azure Dedicated Host

We are excited to announce the preview of Azure Dedicated Host, a new Azure service that enables you to run your organization’s Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant physical servers. Azure Dedicated Hosts provide you with visibility and control to help address corporate compliance and regulatory requirements. We are extending Azure Hybrid Benefit to Azure Dedicated Hosts, so you can save money by using on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance or qualifying subscription licenses. Azure Dedicated Host is in preview in most Azure regions starting today.

You can use the Azure portal to create an Azure Dedicated Host, host groups (a collection of hosts), and to assign Azure Virtual Machines to hosts during the virtual machine (VM) creation process. 

Visibility and control

Azure Dedicated Hosts can help address compliance requirements organizations may have in terms of physical security, data integrity, and monitoring. This is accomplished by giving you the ability to place Azure VMs on a specific and dedicated physical server. This offering also meets the needs of IT organizations seeking host-level isolation.

Azure Dedicated Hosts provide visibility over the server infrastructure running your Azure Virtual Machines. They allow you to gain further control

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01

Aug

Moving your VMware resources to Azure is easier than ever

Back in April we announced the Azure VMware Solution to deliver a comprehensive VMware environment allowing you to run native VMware-based workloads on Azure. It’s a fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) that includes vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, NSX-T, and corresponding tools.

The VMware environment runs natively on Azure’s bare metal infrastructure, so there’s no nested virtualization and you can continue using your existing VMware tools. There’s no need to worry about operating, scaling, or patching the VMware physical infrastructure or re-platforming your virtual machines. The other benefit of this solution is that you can stretch your on-premises subnets into Azure. It’s like connecting another location to your VMware environment, only that location happens to be in Azure.

We’ve recently published a new episode of Microsoft Mechanics featuring Markus Hain, Senior Program Manager from the Azure engineering team. In this episode, Markus walks through the experience of coming from an on-premises VMware vSphere environment, provisioning an Azure VMware Solution private cloud, getting both environments to communicate, and what you can do once the service is up and running.

Beyond building out and configuring the environment, Markus explains how the hybrid networking works to connect VMware sites and how

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