At this week’s ignite, you must have heard about the availability of Technical Preview 2 (TP2) for Azure Stack. We are excited at Dell EMC and encourage our customers to deploy TP2 as one of the key first steps towards adopting Azure Stack before it is available at GA.

At this year’s worldwide partner conference, Microsoft announced our partnership delivering Azure Stack as an Integrated System targeting availability of mid-2017. For Dell EMC, this is a continuation of our joint development partnership with Microsoft going back to the early days developing Cloud Platform Systems with a focus on delivering integrated Systems for Hybrid Cloud solutions to our customers. Azure Stack is the next phase of our partnership.

TP2 helps you prepare your infrastructure, operations and your application teams to hit the ground running when we bring you the Integrated System for Azure Stack at GA. Key areas to start planning include (and not limited to):

  1. Application needs

    1. IaaS and PaaS capabilities within TP2 and leading into GA

    2. Capacity and Performance needs

    3. Scenarios: PoC\DevTest and Production

    4. DevOps practices and infrastructure

  2. Infrastructure needs

    1. Identity and Access for Admins and Tenants: Azure AD or ADFS

    2. Network integration into your existing border devices

    3. ITSM

    4. Organization Security posture

    5. People and process

  3. Deployment scenarios

    1. Azure connected or Island

    2. Single or Multi-Region

    3. Capacity and Scale Units

You can confidently begin your journey knowing that at GA we will bring you an Integrated System to deliver Compute, Storage, Networking and the Azure Stack software pre-configured and fully supported to meet your application and infrastructure needs.

With TP2, customers can deploy a single node Azure Stack system and explore user experiences around (and not limited to):

  1. Create plans and offers around key Azure Services

  2. Run cloud native workloads such as 3 tier app from ARM from

  3. Build a portfolio of cloud service using gallery items

Our recommended TP2 System is an R630 designed to be cost effective as a Proof of Concept (PoC) node and enables you to test and develop PoCs for your use cases. This system non-resilient and is designed to only run as a single node PoC system. Multi-node configurations will be available at GA and this system will not be upgradable to multi-node configurations. This TP2 configuration is designed with the goal to continue to deliver updates to a single-node PoC System including TP3 and into GA targeted as PoC and Dev Test use cases. 

PoC System Specification:

R630 (2.5" Chassis)

Chassis Configuration

10 x 2.5" Chassis

Processor Configuration:

Default: Intel® Xeon® E5-2630 v4 2.2GHz,25M Cache,8.0 GT/s QPI,Turbo,HT,10C/20T (85W)
Option 1: Intel® Xeon® E5-2640 v4 2.4GHz,25M Cache,8.0GT/s QPI,Turbo,HT,10C/20T (90W)
Option 2: Intel® Xeon® E5-2650 v4 2.2GHz,30M Cache,9.60GT/s QPI,Turbo,HT,12C/24T (105W)

Memory:

Default: 128GB (8 x 16GB RDIMM, 2400Mhz)Option:256 GB (8 x 32 GB RDIMM, 2400Mhz)

StorageController

Internal:HBA330

Storage -OS Boot:

1 x 400GB Solid State Drive SATA Mix Use MLC 6Gpbs 2.5in Hot-plug Drive, S3610

Storage - Cache (SSD):

Default: 2 x 200GB Solid State Drive SATA Write Intensive 6Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Drive, S3710

Storage –Data (HDD):

Default: 6x 1TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive

NetworkCards:

NDC:Intel X520 DP 10Gb + Intel i350 DP 1 GbE

Power Supply:

Redundant750 Watts

Contact one of our Cloud Specialists to order the system and reach us as mscloud_sales@dell.com. If you would like to see a demo of TP2, contact your Dell Account rep or Channel Partner Rep to engage the Dell EMC Customer Solution Center.

Links to for more information on TP2:

Microsoft TP2 Announce

Microsoft Azure Stack PoC architecture

TP2 deployment pre-requisites

Download TP2

Disclaimer: Dell does not offer support for Azure Stack TP2 at this time. Dell is actively testing and working closely with Microsoft on Azure Stack, but since it is still in development, the exact hardware components/configurations that Dell will fully support are still being determined.  The information divulged in our online documents prior to Dell launching and shipping Azure Stack may not directly reflect Dell supported product offerings with the final release of Azure Stack. We are, however, very interested in your results/feedback/suggestions! Please leave comments below.