DataON announces availability of integrated systems for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

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DataON is one of the first Microsoft partners to offer integrated systems for Azure Stack HCI.

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Microsoft is proud to have partners such as DataON who have developed integrated systems for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI that meet the needs of customers who are shifting to hyper-converged infrastructure and hybrid scenarios for better data center efficiencies.

DataON, an industry-leading provider of hybrid cloud solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI with cloud-based Azure Services, today announces the general availability of integrated systems for Azure Stack HCI.

  • DataON AZS-212 – Optimized for performance & capacity with hybrid storage
  • DataON AZS-216 – Optimized for IOPS & performance with all-NVMe flash storage

In addition, DataON is announcing new services that support DataON integrated systems for Azure Stack HCI.

  • DataON MUST Pro extension for Windows Admin Center with cluster aware updating (CAU)
  • DataON Premium Deployment & Support services

DataON is one of the first Microsoft partners to offer integrated systems for the new Azure Stack HCI. DataON integrated systems for Azure Stack HCI are designed to help businesses embrace hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) as the preferred way to lower costs, improve data center performance and availability, and simplify operations. They include a complete and turnkey experience that DataON is renowned for by our customers who have already deployed Microsoft hyper-converged solutions.

With an integrated system, everything is already included:

  • Azure Stack HCI pre-installed
  • Server nodes powered by Intel® technologies, with premium-level validation and certification from Microsoft and Intel
  • HCI cluster monitoring and management plus hybrid cloud services through Microsoft Window Admin Center with DataON MUST
  • Cluster aware updating (CAU) via DataON MUST Pro for Windows Admin Center
  • Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure Monitor, and Azure Security Center
  • Jointly supported by DataON and Microsoft for five years
  • Ongoing testing and validation from DataON and Microsoft

DataON provides support for Azure Stack HCI with the DataON MUST extension for Windows Admin Center. Our third-generation MUST extension for Windows Admin Center provides real-time monitoring with alerts that free system administrators from having to continually monitor their data center. Other features include a centralized dashboard that provides an overview of your entire Azure Stack HCI environment, enhanced disk mapping, alert services, and call home service.

DataON MUST Pro is a new Windows Admin Center extension included with DataON integrated systems for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI. It integrates with Microsoft’s cluster aware update functionality to simplify deployment and updates to Azure Stack HCI, with minimal disruption to your hybrid cloud infrastructure. MUST Pro automatically compares your server nodes against the latest quarterly validated server component image baseline from Microsoft. It ensures that servers have the same OS version, drivers, firmware, BIOS, and BMC, and checks the drivers and firmware for network cards, host bus adapters, and SSD and HDD drives. With a single click, your entire cluster can be updated. Cluster aware updating helps keep your system updated and secure against the latest server exploits.

DataON now offers Premium Deployment & Support services for DataON integrated systems for Azure Stack HCI. By leaving your deployment to DataON’s Azure Stack HCI experts, organizations can accelerate their deployments and free their IT staff to focus on their normal day-to-day tasks. Deployment services include onsite deployment support, a dedicated project manager, DataON MUST alert services, stretched clusters deployment, cabling with cable management, networking connectivity, and post-deployment benchmark testing and validation.

DataON has been offering customized, turnkey solutions for Windows Server software-defined solutions since the launch of Storage Spaces with Windows Server 2012. From two-node solutions for SMB, ROBO, edge, and retail environments to four-node solutions for enterprise environments, DataON is one of the few Microsoft partners to have offered all three versions of Microsoft-validated software-defined hyper-converged solutions.

DataON integrated systems for Azure Stack HCI are also verified Intel® Select Solutions for Azure Stack HCI, featuring 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® Optane™ DC SSDs, and Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory. DataON offers all four validated configuration solutions: data center base, data center plus, edge base, and edge plus.

As a certified Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, DataON has certified Azure Administrators on staff to help customers design and deploy Azure Services like Azure Site Recovery for disaster recovery, Azure File Backup and Azure Blob storage for cloud backups, and Azure Monitor for predictive monitoring for data center environments.

“DataON was one of the first Microsoft partners to offer validated Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) and Azure Stack HCI solutions,” said Howard Lo, vice president of sales and marketing, DataON. “We are excited about the next step in the evolution of hyper-converged infrastructure solutions from Microsoft. The new always up-to-date subscription model and tighter integration with Azure will provide faster innovation for customers.”

Talal Alginawi, Senior Director, Azure at Microsoft Corp. said, “As customers’ IT and business needs change, Microsoft and its partners continue to provide solutions that are robust and flexible. Microsoft is proud to have partners like DataON who have developed solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI that meet the needs of customers who are shifting to hyper-converged infrastructure with hybrid capabilities to simplify infrastructure on-premises and take advantage of public cloud value."

AZURE STACK HCI

Azure Stack HCI is a host operating system in the Microsoft hybrid portfolio that delivers hyper-converged infrastructure with Azure hybrid cloud capabilities built in. It delivers innovation that is focused on being the best virtualization host and is the future of Hyper-V virtualization, software-defined storage, and networking. Microsoft has shown very high HCI industry performance, achieving 13.7M IOPS with Azure Stack HCI and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory.

  • World-class hyper-converged infrastructure stack – Includes Hyper-V for secure, efficient virtualization of Windows and Linux; Storage Spaces Direct for fast enterprise-grade storage; and Azure-inspired software-defined networking.
  • Delivered as an Azure service with hybrid built in – Up-to-date subscription for software and support; integrates with Azure; and natively monitor, secure, and backup to the cloud.
  • Cloud services powered by Azure – Used by more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies across the globe, with over 30 years’ experience servicing enterprise customers.
  • New product experience – No more waiting for new features: updates are at no cost, one-click, and non-disruptive.

ABOUT DATAON

DataON is a hybrid-cloud computing company focused on delivering Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, on-premises storage systems, intelligent edge appliances, and cloud-based Microsoft Azure Services. Our company is helping enterprises and customers who have made the “Microsoft choice” to modernize their IT with Microsoft applications, virtualizations, and data protection through a complete and turnkey experience.

With over 650 HCI clusters and 150PB of storage deployed, DataON enterprise-level solutions are designed to provide the highest level of performance, manageability, and security offered. DataON is a Microsoft Gold Partner, Microsoft Cloud Service Provider (CSP), and an Intel Platinum Partner.

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