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During Microsoft Ignite, I talked about how I attended to get coverage of every aspect of the Azure Stack product. Microsoft delivered on that and more. To deploy Azure Stack as intended, you should be sure to follow all the guidelines and guidance carefuly.

Azure Stack is really a commercial product for larger businesses and service providers. Its purpose is to deliver a new Hybrid cloud consumption model accompanied with new cloud offerings supplemented by new managed services. This opens new opportunities and new ways of thinking about IT.

However, deploying Azure Stack without understanding the business side of the product or understanding what (technical) problems or challenges you are trying to solve can set you up for failure. I encourage everyone considering Azure Stack to watch the Ignite Sessions (see previous post) covering the business and application scenarios. Technical sessions are also covered there.

“After four days submerged in a wealth of information, it was pretty clear that Azure Stack is not a product you simply deploy out of the box.”

One Ecosystem, One Brand

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure. It will give you the same experience and reliability customers already have in public Azure, while also upholding the same Azure reputation and reliability customers are accustomed to.

Microsoft can provide customers with a true consistent Hybrid experience with Azure services, on any cloud they choose. The underlying hardware is an important integrated piece of the solution and tightly coupled with the software-defined layers on top.

Any misalignment causes impact on the entire solution.

Differentiate Your Business with Azure Stack

How do you differentiate your business with Azure Stack?

Bringing the Cloud consumption model with all its services from public to private or hosted clouds has never been done before. There are numerous benefits with this. Azure Stack brings Azure IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services to your cloud in a cloud consumption model.

Azure stack is leveraging these public cloud services with additional services, complementing them in a local cloud consumption model, and giving companies a large advantage above competitors who are still using the traditional model. Connect the Azure public cloud to your Azure Stack cloud, and  you can differentiate even more by having a true, consistent hybrid Cloud.

Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3 to go over business capabilities and benefits, implications of a hybrid environment, Azure Stack consistency, infrastructure benefits, and functionalities.