Microsoft Azure Stack Hub extends Azure public cloud services to enterprise data centers. As such, it provides customers a way to run applications that leverage Azure services in a disconnected, on-premises private cloud environment. The software required to run a set of specified Azure services can be licensed using a customer’s Enterprise Agreement (EA) or acquired on a pay-per-capacity usage basis. The hardware must be acquired (purchase or as a service when available) from one of the following seven Microsoft-designated Azure Stack Hub partners:
Azure Stack Hub is one of a family of three Azure Stack-branded solutions that also includes Azure Stack Edge for IoT applications and Azure Stack HCI.
Azure Stack Hub consists of two major components: hardware infrastructure provided by one of the hardware partners, and a software layer that delivers Azure cloud services. The hardware component is based on racks of 4-16 industry standard servers built and pre-integrated by hardware partner prior to delivery. After delivery, the hardware partner works with the customer and Microsoft to deploy the integrated system and ensure Hub’s readiness for production.
Azure Stack Hub creates a hybrid cloud environment with connectivity via Express Route to Azure that can be continuous, intermittent, or stand-alone. Customers can process data locally in Azure Stack Hub and then aggregate it to Azure for additional processing. Although Microsoft makes available a software development kit (SDK) for the Hub it is suitable as a “sandbox” only environment and not yet supported for production. However, developers can write applications leveraging the Azure services available on Hub, then port them to Hub
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