Microsoft HCI partnership with Intel aimed at Dell, Nutanix

Microsoft has roped Intel as its latest distribution partner for its on-premises iteration of Azure-based hyper-converged infrastructure, or HCI. The two market-moving vendors on Tuesday unveiled Intel Data Center Blocks (DCB) for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, based on Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization. Azure Stack HCI is a variant of the Microsoft Azure public cloud software. The Intel-certified systems are similar in design to Azure Stack HCI offerings validated by Dell Technologies and Lenovo.

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI is used mostly by Windows shops that run virtual machines in the Azure cloud. Intel DCB provides validated L9 server building blocks that systems integrators configure and tune to specific workloads. Intel said it will handle bare-metal certification of resellers and maintain all hardware, with Microsoft responding to service issues with Azure.

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