Microsoft Reveals Azure Stack System Requirements
The hardware requirements are here for organizations looking to run a little piece of the Azure cloud in their own data centers.Microsoft has finally detailed what kind of server hardware customers will need to run Azure Stack in their own data centers. Now, customers interested in running the technical preview in early 2016 can start planning their server hardware investments. "At this time, we're ready to share hardware requirements for Azure Stack Technical Preview," wrote Microsoft Technical Fellow Jeffrey Snover in a Dec. 12 blog post that spells out the server specifications required to run the software. "Our goal is to enable you to experience the Azure Stack Technical Preview in a single server, instantiated as a proof-of-concept (POC) environment." Snover's post offers both minimum and recommended specs, the latter of which he advises IT administrators to follow to help "ensure a good experience." The differences between the two specs boil down to CPUs, system memory and storage capacity. Azure Stack's minimum requirements call for a 12-core dual-socket server processor, 96 gigabytes of RAM and four drives for general storage, each with 140GB of capacity. The recommended specs suggest a 16-core dual-socket processor, 128GB of RAM and four drives, each with 250GB of storage capacity.
Otherwise, the software requires Hyper-V-enabled in BIOS with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) support, a network interface card (NIC) certified to work with Windows Server 2012 R2 and an operating system (OS) disk with at least 200GB available for the system partition. Full specs are available in Snover's blog post, which also contains a YouTube video of an Azure Stack walk-though.