Microsoft has today announced the availability of Azure Stack for purchase. The company has been running the solution in preview for some time. Azure Stack is Microsoft's cloud platform offering specifically designed for on-premises data centers. The company had previously pledged to deliver the platform by the middle of this year. Azure Stack reached its third technical preview back in March. Over the preview timeframe, Microsoft says customers have shown huge interest in adopting the on-premises offering. At Microsoft Inspire this week, the company will connect Stack with more partners. As part of its announcement today, Microsoft is rolling out the following services to customers:
- Orderable Azure Stack integrated systems: We have delivered software to our hardware partners, enabling us to begin the certification process for their integrated systems, with the first systems to begin shipping in September. You can now order integrated systems from Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo.
- Azure Stack software pricing and availability: We have released pricing for the pay-as-you-use and capacity-based models today, you can use that information to plan your purchases.
- Development Kit (ASDK) availability: ASDK, the free single-server deployment option for trial purposes, is available for web download today. You can use it to build and validate your applications for integrated systems deployments.