Gartner Research

Assessing the Design and Impact of Microsoft Azure Stack

Published: 12 October 2017

ID: G00336463

Analyst(s): Angelina Troy , Alan Waite


There is major hype about Azure Stack as a private and/or hybrid cloud solution, but for many the benefits are unclear. Technical professionals responsible for cloud can use this research to see how Azure Stack enables cloud-based IT application delivery and impacts the organization.

Table Of Contents


  • Microsoft Azure Stack
    • The Architecture of Azure Stack
    • Azure Stack Offers, Plans and Services
    • Azure Stack Consumption Models
    • Differences Between Azure Stack and Azure Pack
    • Azure Stack Effects on Infrastructure and Personnel
    • Primary Use Cases for Azure Stack
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Use Azure Stack to Accelerate Private and Hybrid Cloud Initiatives
  • Avoid Using Azure Stack Solely as a Means to Migrate to Azure
  • Purchase Azure Stack Through a Service Provider When Possible
  • Include Developers in Azure Stack Adoption Discussions

The Details

  • Overview of Hybrid Architectures for Cloud Computing
  • Azure and Azure Stack Service Differences
  • Differences Between Azure Stack and OpenStack

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