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April 18, 2016


Ed Grigson

OK, I'll bite. What about Azure Stack? Admittedly not shipping today, but arguably in the near future...

Chuck Hollis

Hi Ed

Azure Stack (when it ships) will be software only. Users will be responsible for sourcing their own hardware, supporting and maintaining it. Supported hardware configs, as I understand it, are small and very limited.

Not clear if you get full PaaS capabilities, or if there is inherent compatibility with the public cloud version of Azure from an operational and user experience perspective.

So, no, something quite different.

-- Chuck


Ed was close, but Microsoft's Cloud Platform System is a hardware solution that does exactly that: provide Azure on hardware in your datacentre.

To be honest though, who cares about that anyway?

Everything is being refactored and architected to support microservices.

Very much a case of horse, stable, bolted to me.


Very interesting product/service, Chuck. Even though I am an old school infrastructure guy, I still totally understand the appeal of the pure OPEX model whilst still be able to "touch the iron" on premise. This can potentially overcome the barriers to the public cloud faced by businesses that have to operate within the confines of certain regulated industries (e.g. online gambling operators who much operate out of specific geographic jurisdictions).

Who do I talk to about real business opportunities for the Cloud Machine, especially in Asia?

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

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