In this year’s Ignite Conference Mark Russinovich, Jeffrey Snover and Jeremy Winter spoke about how to bring Azure to your datacenter and discussed platform vision and strategy . I’d recommend to watch entire video on the channel9 .
Microsoft has been working hard since that conference and yesterday Jeffrey Snover shared hardware requirements for Azure Stack Preview (check out the video and tables below).
|Data disk drive configuration: All data drives must be of the same type (SAS or SATA) and capacity. If SAS disk drives are used, the disk drives must be attached via a single path (no MPIO, multi-path support is provided)|
|HBA configuration options:
|Supported bus and media type combinations
* RAID controllers without pass-through capability can’t recognize the media type. Such controllers will mark both HDD and SSD as Unspecified. In that case, the SSD will be used as persistent storage instead of caching devices. Therefore, you can deploy the Microsoft Azure Stack POC on those SSDs.
** For tiered storage, you must have at least 3 HDDs.
|Example HBAs: LSI 9207-8i, LSI-9300-8i, or LSI-9265-8i in pass-through mode|
Recommended SKUs : Dell PE R630 and HPE DL360 G9