Where are your workloads – On Premises or in the Cloud?

Are they on premises, in the cloud, both? Fast, slow, rapidly growing, sitting still? There are unlimited variations within an organization – and although some are similar – each organization has a unique need and varying approach to their IT strategy.  A few things have become clear in this variable equation though over the last decade:

  1. Most organizations require some form of a hybrid cloud solution.  On prem compute is never going away, but the public cloud offers easy SaaS, IaaS, and DR.
  2. There are three obvious silos to on prem infrastructure: SAN, Converged, and Hyper-Converged.
  3. Organizations want to simplify complex problems of their environments.
  4. Organizations must accomplish more, with less: budget, people, and time.
  5. We, as solution providers, need to meet your workloads wherever they are, not where we want them to be.

One on-prem approach: hyper-converged infrastructure, is growing rapidly. With a name like Microsoft offering a feature rich and competitive software stack and hardware validations – HCI is being enabled for small, mid-size, and now even enterprise environments, and is bringing simplicity to the table. As reported by MarketsandMarkets, by 2023 the HCI market will have grown from $4.1 Billion in 2018 to $17.1 billion. Does this directly impact you, the customer? YES! With growth – and the right customer-aimed focus – YOU win.

One of the recent areas Microsoft is showing off their growth and focus was announced today – and we think you are going to like it. The latest unveiling and growth opportunity in HCI came with the announcement of the new Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solution: Microsoft’s hyper-converged solution for customers to utilize the benefits of Windows Server 2019 software-defined data center. The solution extends the benefits of Azure with hybrid capabilities and applications such as cloud network connectivity, cloud backup, cloud replication, and cloud management and monitoring.

We are excited to be working with a company like Microsoft that is making decisions based off what organizations need and is providing the tools to get the job done on prem, in the cloud, or through a hybrid strategy.  Which is why we are proud to announce we have completed our Azure Stack HCI solution certification: Axellio FabricXpress™ All-NVMe for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI is officially validated and available. Ready for any mid-size to large enterprise organization that is looking to do more, with less.

Benefits of Axellio FabricXpress All-NVMe for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

The primary benefits of this validated solution include replacing your aging storage and server infrastructure while consolidating virtual workloads onto a simple hyper-converged platform that effortlessly connects to the Azure cloud. You might be saying, “So what? That’s what the other guys bring to the table too.” Well then, let’s get down to brass tacks and discuss why FabricXpress All-NVMe for Azure Stack HCI brings something new to the table.

3 Ways Axellio Brings You Something New with FabricXpress All-NVMe for Azure Stack HCI

Before becoming validated with Azure Stack HCI, FabricXpress was also validated for Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) program, the predecessor to Azure Stack HCI. We know the Microsoft software stacks are feature rich, perform well, and are already widely adopted. We believe we bring a layer to the table to make this a game changer for IT infrastructure.


  • Delivers purpose-built servers for hyper-converged infrastructure solutions
    • Servers designed for max storage capacity and performance in an efficient footprint
    • Up to 72 NVMe flash drives per server and 460 usable TB in a 4U cluster
    • Up to 1 million IOPS per node… Learn More
  • Prioritizes solution optimization – marrying software, hardware, and manageability
    • We work closely with Microsoft and others (Intel, Mellanox, Chelsio) to ensure optimal performance of the solutions
    • We research and form strategic vendor partnerships with ecosystem solution providers to provide a full-featured HCI solution…Learn More
  • Consistently pursues a positive vendor/customer relationship and experience
    • Work closely with customers to understand their IT infrastructure to ensure quick deployment and successful migration
    • We provide tier 3 technical expertise after deployment with 7/24/365 technical support and remote monitoring for the whole stack…Learn More 

Food for Thought

As we mentioned in the beginning, every organization in one way or another is deploying or considering a hybrid cloud strategy.  Historically, from traditional infrastructure and also HCI,  connecting the environment and virtual workloads to a public cloud has been cumbersome and complex. Azure Stack HCI helps make this connection easy for organizations that run workloads on prem and at the edge, all easily managed via Windows Admin Center.

Azure Stack HCI uses the same hyper-v based software-defined compute, storage, and networking as Azure Stack so customers can rest easy knowing the underlying software is web-scale tested and robust.

In summary, if you think about our initial question: “Where are your workloads?” the answer doesn’t really matter. Axellio FabricXpress All-NVMe for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI meets them where they are – whether that means on prem, in the cloud, or in between with a hybrid cloud approach.

Consider what infrastructure and workload simplification would do for your day-to-day operations, budget, and, ultimately, your sanity. Consider a new and exciting transition to a hybrid cloud with Microsoft and Axellio.

If you are refreshing aging servers and storage or starting a data center project that will be growing, then consider scheduling a 15-minute demo and take a step towards meeting your workloads where they are, and lay a foundation for where they are going in the future.

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