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DataON Announces Availability of Integrated Systems for Microsoft Azure

DataON, an industry-leading provider of hybrid cloud solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI with cloud-based Azure Services, 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, it 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. The 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.

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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.

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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.

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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, it 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, it 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. “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.”

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