Windows Azure Pack Roadmap and Future Support

Microsoft has recently published their vision and plans for the future of Windows Azure Pack. This document called as “Windows Azure Pack Roadmap and Future Support” and must be taken into consideration by any service providers who has datacenters based on WAP and related components (SC, Windows Server).

You can download the full version of roadmap here.

Here I’m just citing the most important quotations:

Product support for WAP and the current version of System Center will continue to be available until the end of 2022. Table 1 summarizes the product support lifecycle for the main components in a WAP cloud deployment.

windows azure pack support

Microsoft Azure Stack brings Azure to service provider datacenters so that they can accelerate time to market and expand the addressable market for their services portfolio. Application developers can maximize their productivity using a ‘write once, deploy to Azure or Azure Stack’ approach. Microsoft Azure Stack will be launching in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2016

Service Providers should continue to use Windows Server Hyper-V for highly virtualized environments (for example, virtualizing their most demanding workloads) along with Windows Azure Pack and System Center for management. More importantly, they should sell and support what is available today that end customers understand and ask for, and then prepare for future evolution of technologies.

Related Links

Update Rollup 8 For System Center 2012 R2

List of all newly released updates/KBs for SC 2012 R2 products

Some new VMM features have been added :

  • Support for SQL Server 2014 SP1 as VMM database
  • Support for VMWare vCenter 6.0 management scenarios
  • Ability to set quotas for external IP addresses
  • Support for quotas for checkpoints
  • Ability to configure static network adapter MAC address during operating system deployment
  • Ability to deploy extended Hyper-V Port ACLs
  • Support for storage space tiering in VMM

Use the following links to get more information about fixed issues and new functionality brought by UR8:

 Name  LINK
 Data Protection Manager https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3086084
 Orchestrator https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3096381
 Operations Manager https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3096382
 Service Manager
 Service Provider Foundation https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3096384
 Virtual Machine Manager https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3096389
 WAP https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3096392
 WAP Web Sites