After the first introduction of Azure Stack in May 2015, Microsoft has finally decided to release the public review and expand the capabilities of its cloud computing platform. The release will be followed by an introductory webcast with Mark Russinovich and Jeffrey Snower on this page.
Microsoft plans to branch out with Azure Stack and empower organizations to run its software in their data centers, helping Azure become an integral part of private cloud computing.
Built on the foundation of Windows Server, Azure Stack comes with a set of powerful tools, such as data de-duplication, sever virtualization, software-defined networking and more. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux distribution powers Azure Stack to run with Linux, which expands the capabilities of Microsoft's cloud-computing software beyond the threshold of Windows.
The current version of Azure Stack is fairly limited since it is programmed to work on a single machine only. Microsoft plans to emerge as a powerful competitor against some of the more familiar names in private cloud computing, and go far beyond them by helping Azure Stack to compute enterprise-scale data in the near future.
Azure Stack could outweigh Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services
Microsoft has been very clear in giving the original Azure cloud-computing platform a corporate and enterprise-friendly image. Azure Stack could be a respectable rival to the Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services, who offer very little in terms of on-premises software support. While the latter two have a strong public cloud campaign, Microsoft has the opportunity to usher in a new era of high-performance computing and big data services.