What is Microsoft Azure Stack?
Azure Stack is very similar to the Azure Cloud Platform, but with a few small differences. Predominantly the major difference is who manages the infrastructure, updates, upgrades and troubleshooting. With Azure Cloud, Microsoft manage everything whereas with Azure Stack, you would manage everything.
Azure Stack is mainly for businesses that want to use Azure and the features it offers, but are unable to use the cloud platform due to strict regulations or for business that already have a large estate of existing hardware.
Azure Stack has a minimum requirement of 4 servers (which must be identical) to be able to make a Node (this is how the Azure cloud operates for maximum redundancy) and up to a maximum of 12 servers per node.
You will also need a Microsoft Azure account, Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) Installed on the host computer and registering Azure Stack on your Azure portal.
Multiple nodes in the same data centre (low latency between hardware) can then be classed as a region and again much like in azure you can choose specific regions biased on your requirements i.e. Location, Speed, and Functionality…
Azure Stack’s main purpose isn’t to be a standalone private cloud (although it can be), but to combine both Cloud and your current infrastructure. Allowing full flexibility to use both for whatever your organisation may need.
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