Optimise efficiency & performance with Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

As organisations modernise their IT infrastructure, many are shifting from a traditional three-tier architecture to a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). This architecture integrates compute, storage, networking, and virtualisation into a single platform with a unified management plane.

HCI platforms that deliver a cloud-like experience on-premises accelerate the transition to hybrid multi-cloud and enable simple and rapid mobility of cloud-native applications between the public cloud and an on-premises private cloud. According to ESG, 24% of organisations said that deploying hyperconverged infrastructure was one of the areas of data centre modernisation in which they would make the most significant investments in 2020.

What is Azure Stack?

Azure Stack HCI is a hyperconverged infrastructure host operating system designed by Microsoft to pool on-premises and cloud resources, maximising storage, performance, scalability, and functionality, now with built-in Azure hybrid capabilities.

As part of their Azure subscription, customers will get regular feature and security updates for Azure Stack HCI. Organisations can use Azure Stack HCI to run Windows and Linux virtual machines and containerised applications on-premises or at the edge, leveraging existing tools, processes, and skill sets. Data centres can extend to the cloud with Azure Backup, Azure Monitor, and Azure Security Centre, and Microsoft is continuing to add Azure services to this list.

Microsoft designed Azure Stack HCI to take advantage of cloud capabilities with simplified access to cloud management and Azure services. Azure Stack HCI enables organisations to modernise their infrastructure and consolidate virtualised workloads, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

To learn more about the advantages of Azure Stack, click here.

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Dell EMC Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

Deliver a cloud consumption experience on-premises while maintaining data security and full-stack lifecycle management with industry-leading Dell EMC Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI.

Dell EMC Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI is an all-in-one validated HCI system that leverages an integrated foundation from Dell Technologies. Designed with full-stack lifecycle management and native Azure integration, the integrated system delivers efficient operations, flexible consumption models and high-level enterprise expertise.

Key features:

  • Fully productised HCI solution with foundational AX nodes, network switches, support and deployment services
  • Global availability backed by Dell Technologies trained technical support, deployment and consulting services professionals
  • A wide portfolio of offerings optimised for multiple use cases, application performance and capacity needs
  • High performance architecture that leverages technologies such as 25/100Gb RDMA networking and all-flash storage
  • Integrated lifecycle management including automated cluster creation and full stack updates of OS, BIOS, firmware, and drivers using Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Centre

Built on the software-defined compute, storage, and networking features of Windows Server 2019, Dell EMC HCI Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server delivers a fully productised, validated, and supported hyperconverged solution. This solution enables enterprises to modernise their infrastructure for improved application uptime and performance, simplified management and operations, and lower total cost of ownership. The AX family of nodes from Dell Technologies, powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge server platforms, offer a high-performance, scalable, and secure foundation to build a software-defined infrastructure.

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Ultima’s Microsoft Partnership

At Ultima, we live and breathe Microsoft. We’ve been a Microsoft Gold partner for over 25 years and accumulated 13 Microsoft Gold Partner Competencies. These span App Dev, Cloud Platform, Data Management Business Apps, Mobility and Productivity. We are also 1 of only 4 Fast Track Ready LSPs for Modern Workplace which allows us to seamlessly migrate customers from legacy software over to Office 365.


Ultima’s Dell EMC Partnership

As a Dell EMC Gold Partner, Ultima are able to provide a superior level of service, comprehensive support and the best prices for our customers. We are your ideal partner for storage, servers, hyperconverged infrastructure, networking, data protection and security. To learn more about how we can support your business, contact us today.


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