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Lenovo & Dell EMC Announce Azure Stack Integrated Hardware

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Hybrid cloud solutions may become the go-to standard for the IT infrastructure in businesses. The reason: IT managers and MSPs need an effective compromise between on-premise cloud and public cloud solutions — without skimping on security, scalability and other customer needs.

To succeed, IT service providers typically need to deploy hybrid clouds with a consistent operating environment between the on-premises infrastructure and the cloud service providers. In response, Microsoft has created an operating environment to bridge these platforms with their Azure cloud services and Azure Stack software for enterprise.

Microsoft Azure Stack for Hybrid IT Services

Microsoft has strengthened the Azure Stack offering by announcing this week that it is now fully-validated for Intel Xeon Scalable platforms. The company claims that they engineer the Azure Stack software and hardware together as a solution to ensure consistency with Azure, and only declares a platform “validated” after extensive testing. With Azure Stack integrated systems powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors, customers can enjoy up to 16% more performance and up to 14% higher virtual machine capacity compared to similarly-configured systems powered by prior-generation Intel Xeon E5 v4 processors, the companies claim.

Lenovo plans to offer the first Intel Select Solution in this class, in one of the configurations available for the new Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack. Lenovo expects this high-performance platform to be available in early 2018. Lenovo claims that their hardware is co-engineered by Lenovo and Microsoft and pre-integrated at the factory. The software-defined rack scale solution simplifies hybrid cloud and reduces the time to deploy cloud services.

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