Microsoft is looking to help customers implement a hybrid cloud strategy with several upcoming technologies, including an Azure Stack that can be deployed inside their own data centre, new capabilities in Windows Server, and a new tool for managing hybrid cloud deployments.
Detailed at the firm's Ignite conference in Chicago this week, the Microsoft Azure Stack is designed to bring the infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service capabilities from Microsoft's Azure cloud and implement them inside customer data centres.
Available for customers to preview sometime this summer, Azure Stack packages Microsoft's developments in automation and software-defined infrastructure, including a scalable software-defined network controller and Storage Spaces Direct with automated sync and failover, the firm said.
"Furthermore, Azure Stack will simplify the complex process of deploying private/hosted clouds based on our experience building the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, a converged infrastructure solution," side Mike Neil, Microsoft's general manager for Windows Server, writing on the Server & Cloud Blog.
Microsoft had already detailed in an earlier briefing with V3 that it planned to build a hybrid cloud capability for customers by making on-premise infrastructure more Azure-like, thus delivering greater consistency between it and the public cloud environment.
Launched this week, Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a new hybrid management tool that will enable users to manage corporate workloads running across cloud platforms, including AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware and OpenStack, the firm said.
OMS provides application and data protection for all servers and applications with cloud-based backup and site recovery, no matter where they reside, and can also orchestrate complex and repetitive operations for more efficient and cost-effective hybrid cloud management.
Meanwhile, Microsoft also delivered a Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016, the upcoming next version of the Windows Server platform.
This provides testers with a first look at the Nano Server role that Microsoft is set to introduce for cloud-hosted workloads, as well as adding features such as synchronous storage replication for affordable backup and disaster recovery, plus support to enable rolling upgrades for Hyper-V and storage clusters.
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