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Guide for Interworking Between CloudEngine Switches and Azure Stack

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Introduction to Azure Stack

Introduction to Azure Stack

Overview of Azure Stack

Microsoft Azure Stack is an extension of Azure. It introduces cloud computing agility and innovations into the local environment and enables the unique hybrid cloud. By providing consistent APIs between Azure and Azure Stack, users can obtain the same experience, tools, application mode, automation capability, deployment and configuration, and O&M across public and hybrid clouds, as shown in Figure 1-1.

Azure Stack can be used to build a cloud platform in the local data center and the services provided by Azure can be used.

Figure 1-1 Architecture of Azure Stack

Microsoft Solution

Microsoft is only responsible for Azure Stack software, and needs to work with hardware vendors to form a unified solution. Involved vendors include HPE, Cisco, Arista, Lenovo, and Huawei. The integrated device is sold to customers, and the vendors sell the products to customers in the form of solutions.

  • The hardware includes servers and switches.
  • The software includes the switch version and server software (Azure Stack).

If a customer selects Huawei's solution, Huawei hardware devices + Azure Stack software is used. If another vendor is selected, corresponding vendor's hardware + Azure Stack software is used.

Currently, the commercial version supports only one cabinet that allows 4 to 16 servers. The multi-cabinet solution is being verified.

Figure 1-2 Single cabinet and multiple cabinets

Figure 1-3 shows the hardware distribution in the current solution.

  • ToR switches: 2
  • BMC switch: 1
  • Servers: 4-16
Figure 1-3 Distribution of hardware devices in a single cabinet

In the solution, the hardware switch is deployed in the underlay, and the vSwitch of Azure Stack is deployed in the overlay. Therefore, hardware switches need to be configured with fixed features, such as ACL, BGP, NTP, and QoS. Customers do not need to detect these configurations.

Updated: 2019-03-25

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