Back in January, Microsoft announced its first Technical Preview of Microsoft Azure Stack to helps organizations deliver Azure services from their own datacenter. Azure and Azure Stack have a standardized architecture, including the same portal, a unified application model, and common DevOps tools. The application model is based on Azure Resource Manager, which enables developers to take the same declarative approach to applications, regardless of whether they run on Azure or Azure Stack.
Since the release of Azure Stack TP1, Microsoft listened to customer feedback to further improve its capabilities. Based on the feedback, Microsoft will prioritize delivering Azure Stack as turnkey integrated systems in the initial general availability (GA) release, combining software, hardware, support and services in one solution. A pre-validated systems approach helps simplify the operational experience for customers and enables a solution that accelerates the delivery of business-critical services. Dell, HPE and Lenovo will work with Microsoft to deliver pre-configured Azure Stack integrated systems so you can deliver Azure services from your datacenter or your customers.
Microsoft is targeting the general availability release of Azure Stack, via integrated systems with their partners, starting mid-CY2017. Over time, they will look to broaden the ecosystem of supported systems and implementation approaches.