Earlier this year, Microsoft announced Azure Stack – essentially an “Azure-in-a-box” platform – that customers, hosting and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) can deploy in their own datacenters. This solution marries the security and control of a traditional datacenter with the economics and scale of the public cloud. Azure Stack has already received support from key Microsoft OEM partners like Dell Technologies, HP Enterprise, Lenovo and all of us here at KEMP Technologies.
Many CIOs and technology architects still tend to think that embracing the cloud is a black or white decision. But while public cloud platforms themselves may continue to generate many questions, more IT decision makers are becoming convinced that a hybrid cloud approach gives them the best of both worlds, offering numerous incremental benefits such Business Continuity and Disaster Recover (BCDR), improved security and better overall IT infrastructure economics.
Key to our strategy here at KEMP has been platform ubiquity for our LoadMaster product line, to ensure it can support a range of customer platforms – including hardware or virtual appliances, bare metal or cloud deployments. From this perspective, being an early stage adopter of Azure Stack was a no-brainer.