Dell EMC is updating its Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack bundle with its latest servers, part of a move to bring the Azure Stack to partners' customers' data centres.
Starting in November, the company will bring its new Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th-generation servers to the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, said Paul Galjan, senior director of product management for Dell EMC hybrid cloud solutions.
Dell EMC also is introducing new training for channel partners related to how to sell Azure Stack, and is making it easier for partners to quote Azure Stack to customers, Galjan told CRN USA.
"Over time, partners will also take deployment of Azure Stack to customers," he said. "We will be seriously building this out to the channel over 2018."
The news follows a move by Dell EMC last month to bring its data protection technologies to the Azure Stack with an eye on making it available to channel partners.
The Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th-generation servers can be configured with up to 48 total processor cores, 768GB of memory, 1.9TB of SSD cache and 10 TB of hard disk capacity, Galjan said.
Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure in which the capabilities of the public Azure cloud are brought into a customer's data centre via integration with on-premises hardware.
Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack combines the company's hyper-converged infrastructure, networking, backup and encryption from Dell EMC, along with application development tools from Microsoft.
Azure Stack allows applications built for the Azure cloud to run natively on the public cloud or on private clouds based on Azure, Galjan said.
"Azure Stack uses the same APIs as Azure," he said. "Customers can develop an application and run it on both Azure and Azure Stack, and move it between the two without modifications."
Azure Stack is a good way to bring the cloud to regulatory, data governance or data sovereignty use cases that require data be kept in a certain country or market, Galjan said.
It is also important for data gravity in the case of the internet of things or other use cases that generate so much data that moving that data to a public cloud becomes expensive or an onerous process, Galjan said.
"Think about aircrafts, which generate terabytes of data per hour," he said. "With Azure Stack, an Azure cloud can could be put in an airport to gather the data."
To build its channel for the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, Dell EMC will be targeting partners with Azure competencies, including know-how related to Microsoft's cloud strategy and migrating applications and data to the cloud, as well as those with Dell EMC infrastructure experience, Galjan said.