Why choose between cloud and on-site servers when you can combine the best of both worlds? That’s the promise of Microsoft’s new Azure Stack HCI solution. Azure Stack provides consistent services – both IaaS for virtualisation and PaaS for application development – to enable businesses to run cloud apps offline or through on-premise servers as well as via the cloud.
Azure Stack HCI serves the specific needs of those who want to run virtualised apps on-premises, while wanting to connect to Azure for specific cloud services, such as Azure Site Recovery, Azure Backup and Azure Monitor.
Azure Stack HCI solutions are Microsoft-validated, ensuring the hardware you buy has been fully tested and is ready to go with the minimal amount of configuration. It’s powered by Windows Server 2019, while connections to Azure cloud services are controlled using Windows Admin Center.
Ultimately, an Azure Stack HCI system is a great choice for those looking to add a new server to either augment or replace existing (and potentially ageing) server infrastructure. But what should you be looking for when it comes to purchasing an Azure Stack HCI system?
How many nodes do you need?
Server stacks are split into so-called ‘nodes’ or connection points, either for redistributing data or to act as an end point for data transmissions. Azure Stack HCI solutions can support up to 16 nodes, but most needs can be met by just one or two – the key thing being that those nodes are capable of handling lots of network bandwidth.