Microsoft updates Azure Stack HCI

Microsoft has updated its Azure Stack HCI software_ an on-premises rendering of its Azure cloud services to try and take up with hyperconverged infrastructure HCI leaders VMware and Nutanix.

Hyperconverged infrastructure is where calculate_ storage_ and networking are all firmly integrated on the same server in a bunch. The firm hardware and software integration makes it easier to deploy than having to configure the parts separately.

Azure Stack HCI was launched in 2019 and is built on Windows Server 2019 Datacenter_ Microsofts Hyper-V potentialization software_ Storage Spaces Direct software-defined storage_ and software-defined networking.

The new rendering_ which has been useful for preview since summer 2020 and generally useful earlier this month_ adds new components_ including extend bunching_ mixed capabilities_ centralized treatment_ and integration with Azure Arc_ Microsofts mixed cloud and multi-cloud treatment tool.

While you can buy HCI software from multiple vendors_ including market leaders Nutanix and VMware_ and establish it yourself_ Microsoft requires organizations to buy the hardware fruit from a list of 24 certified solutions vendors_ including Dell_ Lenovo_ and DataON.

Microsoft also announced that it has started a new independent-software vendor support for Azure Stack HCI with Altaro Software_ Commvault_ Datadog_ Veeam and Veritas_ which are now operable with Azure Stack HCI.