Node4 has announced the launch of Managed Azure Hybrid Cloud. The new offering addresses the complexity, compliance, latency, and legacy technology challenges faced by businesses when migrating to a hybrid IT environment. It was developed with technical input from Microsoft, Intel and Lenovo.
Node4’s Managed Azure Hybrid Cloud solution allows customers to create their own Azure region in a Node4 data centre on dedicated infrastructure with similar APIs and multiple PaaS services. In addition, customers can use the same skills and tools to maintain consistency across the data centre and the Azure environment, as well as providing access to cost-effective, high-performance Azure infrastructure via one of Node4’s data centres for performance-sensitive databases and workloads.
Andrew Slater, technology practice director, cloud at Node4, said, “Our new Managed Azure Hybrid Cloud solution is a logical, intuitive offering. It allows businesses to migrate substantially more of their legacy infrastructure into an Azure environment without the challenges that often frustrate their digital transformation process. We predict many organisations will use the solution as a stepping-stone while migrating legacy VM environments to Azure. Others, with precise performance or data sovereignty needs, will maintain it as a long-term infrastructure component.”
The offering also help MSPs strengthen their business continuity proposition with logical separation and operator diversity, as well as unlocking Azure benefits including free security updates for EoL, Windows, and SQL Server versions across the hybrid environment.
The solution uses Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and Microsoft Azure Arc and is hosted in Node4’s data centres. The offering also includes hot-node scalability, allowing customers to scale on demand without the long lead times often associated with hybrid infrastructure expansion.