Azure Stack is an extension of the Azure global public cloud platform. It brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of public cloud computing to in-country public hosted and hybrid environments.
Create Windows or Linux virtual machines in minutes and use them for development, testing or running production applications. Use Extensions (small applications) for post deployment automation tasks on your virtual machines. Software defined networking features enable you to provision virtual networks, network security groups (virtual firewalls), define firewall rules, configure load balancers for incoming traffic across your virtual machines and much more!
A range of storage solutions are also available to suit your needs. Use Blobs for storing unstructured data, Tables – a flexible NoSQL database or Queues for storing sets of messages. You can even use Key Vault for securely storing encryption keys.
But this is just a start and CCL will be continually evolving our services offering on this platform.
In This Section
- About Azure Stack
- Getting Started
- Features of Azure Stack
- Future Releases
- Find Out More about Azure Stack
The CloudCreator portal is the launching point for all users. It allows you to:
- Subscribe to Azure Stack
- Access public Azure Stack
- View and control your resources
- View your Azure Stack tenancy details (Status - Enabled/Disabled/Deleted).
To get started with Azure Stack, you will need to:
- set up an Azure Active Directory (AAD) subscription with Global Admin rights, and
- subscribe to Azure Stack through the CloudCreator portal.
For detailed steps on how to do this, see Subscribe to Azure Stack
The current features of Azure Stack include:
|Compute||Windows and Linux Virtual Machines on demand.|
|Software Defined Networking||
|Network Security Group||
A virtual firewall that controls inbound and outbound network traffic for virtual machines (via their network interface) and subnets, using Network security rules.
|Public IP Addresses||Dynamic or static IP address that can be assigned to virtual machines, load balancers and virtual network gateways.|
|Security||Key Vault for securely storing encryption keys|
Backup and restore with:
Create Web and API applications without the need to install operating systems or configure web hosting software. This integrated service lets you compose various components such as websites and RESTful APIs into a single solution. See App Service to find out more.
Run small pieces of code, or 'functions' in the cloud. This serverless compute service allows code to be run on-demand, without having to explicitly provision or manage infrastructure. Functions can be used to run a script or a piece of code in response to a variety of events. See Functions to find out more.
SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service (DBaas) which allows you to quickly stand up a Microsoft SQL 2016 on SQL Database, without having to set up infrastructure or manage virtual machines and software updates. See SQL Database to find out more.
Future releases of Azure Stack will include these features:
- App Service
- SQL Database
- My SQL
- Additional Microsoft released features
For detailed information about everything related to Azure Stack, explore the Microsoft Azure Stack website. This site is updated regularly so check back often.