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  • I have been reading about Azure Stack and I have some questions. I am not sure how Azure  works in MS data centers.  Does MS use third party SAN's for storage like Netapp or do they have their own Azure storage as a service which basically does all the SAN type things? Ditto for security and firewalls.  Do the centers use,for instance, Cisco firewalls or do they use all Azure code for providing firewall services - so some type of super Proxy Server/Windows Firewall on steroids?  The reason I am asking is to understand what I would be getting if I went with Azure Stack  as I understand that it's going to be a private on-premises close clone of the public Azure, very similar to the code and features that MS uses to manage it's own data centers. So if were to get it would I need a third-party SAN or third-party firewalls for my on-premises Azure as I do now for my on-premises Windows Server systems? Or would I be able to get Azure to do the heavy lifting?

    Thanks in advance for any response.

    Monday, October 3, 2016 3:40 AM

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  • Azure Stack does not support external third party SANs for storage nor third-party firewalls.  Just like Azure, Azure Stack builds both storage and networking using software - we call this software defined storage and software defined networking. Azure runs at global scale, with thousands of servers to create a region. Few customers will run their private cloud at this scale.   With Azure Stack we need to shrink Azure down to a size that matches what our customers will likely deploy.  So the minimum scale unit for Azure Stack will be 4 servers.  This means that the Azure Stack hardware configuration has some differences from Azure.  To get a better overview of the Azure Stack architecture, please watch Spencer's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQkkKAoZ2mk


    Monday, October 3, 2016 5:39 PM
  • At the recently concluded Ignite, there were many sessions that provide a good overview. This blog captures all the sessions we had (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-ignite-all-things-azure-stack/). Some of these are below, but please keep checking back as they will post more of the sessions.

    1. Explore Microsoft Azure Stack “State of the Union” – Foundation 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjXw1Om9t1Y)
    2. Learn about Azure Stack Infrastructure Operations and Management  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2JgMCjJhaA)
    3.  Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQkkKAoZ2mk)
    4. Become a Microsoft Azure Stack infrastructure rockstar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSwy0_pl-D4)
    5. Dive deep in the Microsoft Azure Stack IaaS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6joux9Fmdo)

    Monday, October 3, 2016 6:20 PM
  • Sorry for the delay in responding.  I somehow don't have notifications on.  I will take a look at your links - thanks. But in quick summary are you saying that the Azure stack that I would be buying as a customer would mean that I wouldn't need  third-party SAN/firewall, etc. I could do it all with Azure Stack if I wanted.  Or will it be that I will have the choice/option to use third-party items?  Just to be clear as to where I am coming from my preference would be to not have to use third party.  Thanks in advance.
    Thursday, October 6, 2016 6:58 AM