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Sep 8, 2017
1h 9m

Business are finding great success in adopting a Cloud model for their Applications. The increase in scale and agility is just the beginning of the benefits. Some businesses have additional concerns with compliance and local security that makes a Public Cloud model difficult. After completing this course, Microsoft Azure Stack: The Big Picture, the learner will understand the business impact of cloud technologies, both on-premises and off-premises, understand the implementation and management of Azure Stack, and will discover the security practices that are implemented with Azure Stack to protect the business. Azure Stack makes the Hybrid Cloud model a reality and allows business to adopt Azure on-premises to meet the compliance requirements.

About the author
About the author

Jason Helmick is an author for Pluralsight. His IT career spans more than 25 years or enterprise consulting on a variety of technologies, with a focus on strategic IT business planning. He’s a highly successful IT author, columnist, lecturer, and instructor, specializing in automation practices for the IT pro.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, I'm Jason Helmick, an author here at Pluralsight, and welcome to my course Azure Stack: The Big Picture. Now many companies are taking advantage of cloud technologies to reduce IT costs and optimize rapid growth. It makes the business able to focus on their core activities, and not how long it takes to expand IT resources. But not all companies can use Azure, the public cloud, due to regulations or compliance requirements. If you are one of those companies, then Azure Stack brings you all the Azure cloud services in-house, on-premises. In this course, you will learn how Azure Stack is designed and implemented into your network to bring you the cloud services you need. You'll also learn how Azure Stack will impact the business and its ability to focus on core activities. Those that make a competitive advantage. And of course, you'll see how Microsoft values security and the steps they are taking to prevent attacks. By the end of this course, you will be armed with the information you need to begin to make decisions on your company's path bringing cloud services into your local network. So join me on this journey to learn about Azure Stack. Here at Pluralsight, we love learning, and we hope that you do too.

Wrapping Your Head Around Azure Stack
I talk to a lot of companies, a lot of customers and a lot of people about Azure Stack. And there's a lot of misconceptions around what Azure Stack is and what it isn't. Well, that's one of the challenges that we face, and that's what I'm hoping you and I can solve right up front here in this first module, and get our heads wrapped around on what Azure Stack really is and, more importantly, what it isn't. Let me give you an example. A lot of people think that this is a box that you're going to buy and it's just a glorified virtualization platform running on Hyper-V and Server 2016. Well, that's not what this is at all. In fact, the best way to think about this is, Azure Stack is Azure. It is the cloud. The difference being, is that it's in your house instead of in Microsoft's houses. So, it's the cloud for you. Well, let's take a look at what we're going to do. So, in this module, what we're going to do is look at, why is Azure Stack different and how do we start thinking about it differently? Then we'll drill into exactly what it is and, specifically, what it is not, and then how it does compare to Azure at this point in time, and then how Azure Stack begins to integrate. So let's get started next with, why is Azure Stack different?

Azure Stack for the Business
As you begin to wrap your head around Azure Stack, that it's Azure, that it's a cloud, that it's a cloud that's on premises, now it's helpful to start to look at some of the scenarios that a business may want to use this in and how it could use it, and there's a variety of ways that a business can take advantage of having Azure Stack on premises. So in this module, what we're going to do is take a look at where Azure Stack is a good fit, and where it might be a good fit for you. Now this can also be affected by compliance and the applications that you're using, and maybe how you need to work with the applications regionally or by government. And maybe you're developing new cloud based applications and you need a development platform to do that that is consistent with the public cloud or Azure. So these are some of the scenarios that we're going to look at, plus how this starts to affect the business and get it to focus on what the business's core is, as opposed to all of the little things that have been taking up its time.

Azure Stack Security
If you've been following along then you know that Azure Stack itself is a fairly closed system. Now using Azure Stack, just like using Azure, you'll have all those capabilities. You can still set up your provisioning and the architecture and the topology, everything that you would normally do with Azure. But you're not going to be actually inside of Azure Stack. Well if that's the case then Microsoft has a responsibility to you and I and that's in regard to security. And it's in their best interest to make sure that Azure Stack stays secured. Well that's a big responsibility and I want to show you a little bit about how they're going to do it. Now I know this is going to be a long line of lists, but there's a lot of important information here for you so that you can understand how Microsoft is taking control of this. And also along the way, what we're going to do is take a look at why it's been so hard to get things secured in the past in the first place, and then what Microsoft is doing with their best practices to make sure that Azure Stack goes forward in a secured fashion. We'll even look at their security principles and if you have compliancy requirements, how Azure Stack affects that and your compliancy. So let's get started with why it's been so hard in the first place.

Going Forward
Going forward is a street for both you and Microsoft. What is Microsoft going to do going forward and how can you take advantage of this in your business with Azure Stack? So here's what I'm going to briefly take a look at here is what the Azure Stack roadmap is. You're going to be kind of surprised by this. With the commitment that they have to their fundamentals and moving your business forward.