Microsoft has long promised that it would deliver “Azure in a box” to customers who wanted access to cloud services but were unable to move workloads off-premises. Although Azure’s cloud services comply with many key business regulations, there are still companies that need to keep tight control of their data, whether for data sovereignty or for compliance with industry-specific regulations.
Microsoft will soon release its third “Azure in a box” iteration to satisfy those companies. First there was Azure Pack, then came CPS (Cloud Platform System), and now it’s the Azure Stack. With the release of a third technical preview and general availability sometime later this year, Azure Stack will replace CPS, bringing together an Azure-consistent software platform with managed third-party hardware.