An excellent add-on software system for businesses of all types, Microsoft Azure Stack enables users to build, deploy and use hybrid cloud applications constantly across both Azure and Azure Stack. Up until this month, Azure Stack was available in 46 countries, and we’re excited to announce that Microsoft has now expanded it to a total of 92 countries across the globe.

Darren Roberts, Azure Sales Specialist says "This is really exciting news, and this expansion cements Microsoft's position as the number one option for hybrid cloud. This will really help Vuzion's partners to meet their customers' global hosting requirements."



What exactly is Azure stack?


Simply said, Microsoft Azure Stack is an extension of the cloud computing service, Microsoft Azure, that enables users to consistently run hybrid applications on-site. It can address connectivity and latency requirements for disconnected solutions and edge, as well as develop applications in Azure or on-premises so that a business meets regulatory and policy requirements.


Azure Stack is sold as a mixed system of software and validated hardware that is installed and created by Microsoft's partners. It hugely benefits businesses by giving users flexibility, consistency and adaptability throughout cloud applications and their individual components such as serverless computing, web services, containers and microservices.



Why has Microsoft expanded Azure Stack?


Since its launch last year, Azure Stack has received huge customer demand as a true hybrid cloud. Businesses have used Azure Stack to develop and lead innovative services that set their businesses apart from the rest, whilst solutions have been built by Microsoft’s partners to hold Azure and Azure Stack together. DevOps, Intelligent Edge scenarios and solutions that can meet policy requirements have all been developed, making Azure Stack highly sought after by a range of industries and businesses.


Service providers can use Azure Stack to deliver Azure hybrid cloud solutions to customers, offering a flexible pay-as-you-use model of CSP, that enables providers to manage both Azure and Azure Stack resources without having to change partner centre or billing interfaces. Even better? Service providers' end-customers will have the ability to use the exact same subscriptions across both Azure and Azure Stack.


The ability to use Azure Stack to enhance performance and productivity as a service provider or business has proven to be highly popular. And with the flexibility to buy Azure Stack as either a managed service or one that you manage adds to its global appeal.



How will the expansion of Azure Stack benefit businesses?


As a true hybrid cloud, Microsoft Azure Stack is a game changer for global businesses. Companies that operate or aim to operate in more than one country will benefit from using the same software across its offices. Not only will this provide more consistent usage, but it means the better storage of information and in turn, better security and data location. For many businesses, a hybrid cloud means fewer expenses too.


Azure Stack means that businesses are able to offer fully managed services to customers as well as expand to new audiences who may not have been a possibility before. Since its launch, Azure Stack has been favoured by many high profile customers including the leading telecom service provider Romania’s BinBox, Lenovo and The Cisco Unified Computing System. The hybrid cloud has garnered the support and collaboration of Microsoft’s ecosystem partners, offering customers better-developed services, and constant growth that will support ever-growing business needs and a strong global market.


If you’d like to know more about selling Azure, please take a look at our Azure Go-to-Market workshops here. If you have any questions about this article, please get in contact with a member of the Vuzion team by emailing partners@vuzion.cloud or call 0333 009 5939.

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