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Azure Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)

Simplify hardware management, increase scalability, and accelerate digital transformation

A cost-effective, fully managed Hybrid Cloud platform to optimise your
IT operations, bringing together storage, computing, networking, and seamless integration with Microsoft Azure.

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Streamline your hybrid cloud with Azure.
Streamline your hybrid cloud with Azure.
Streamline your hybrid cloud with Azure.
Streamline your hybrid cloud with Azure.
Streamline your hybrid cloud with Azure.

Streamline Your Hybrid Cloud
with Azure Stack HCI

More and more organisations across the public and private sectors are embracing the possibilities offered by Cloud transformation, utilising a growing range of public and private Cloud platforms. However, when organisations depend on multiple platforms, hosted in disparate environments, both on and off-premises, there are numerous opportunities for inefficiencies, unnecessary costs, and security risks to emerge.

Azure Stack HCI - delivered as a managed service by Exponential-e - is the answer, allowing you to make your ideal Hybrid Cloud infrastructure a reality. This way, you are free to design, deploy, manage, and scale your ideal blend of public and private Cloud solutions as a single, fully integrated platform that supports your long-term business goals.

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What is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) consolidates computing, storage, networking, and management resources into
a flexible software-defined environment, hosted on a single, high-performance server. This allows for a higher level of flexibility, scalability, and cost control than is possible with most legacy solutions.

What is Azure Stack HCI?

Azure Stack HCI is a hyper-converged virtualisation solution that combines the industry-leading Azure Cloud with dedicated infrastructure, hosted on-premises, in a data centre, or at the edge, with the entire infrastructure managed through the Azure portal. Each Azure HCI system consists of between 1-16 physical servers with common configurations and resources, managed via Windows Server Failover Clustering.

This way, the full benefits of both dedicated infrastructure and Azure Cloud are combined to optimise the performance and availability of VMs, selected PaaS functions, containerised workloads, and Azure Virtual Desktop.

What is Azure Stack HCI?

Applications

Product Architecture - Applications - .NET
Product Architecture - Applications - Python.
Product Architecture - Applications - Node.
Product Architecture - Applications - C++
Product Architecture - Applications - Java
Product Architecture - Applications - Go
Product Architecture -Windows

Windows

Product Architecture -Linux

Linux

Product Architecture - Containers.

Containers

Product Architecture - Azure App Services.

Azure App Services

Product Architecture - Azure Data Services.

Azure Data Services

Product Architecture - Virtual Machine

Virtual Machines - Any size and configuration

Product Architecture - Azure Kubernetes Services.

Azure Kubernetes Service - Managed Container Platform

Product Architecture - Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack HCI - Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software Stack

Product Architecture - Hardware Ecosystem

Hardware Ecosystem - Dell Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

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Why organisations across the
public and private sectors are embracing HCI

01

Reduced costs - Consolidating multiple solutions and streamlining processes results in tangible reductions in both capital and operational expenditure.

02

Simplified management - Eliminate the inefficiencies and governance issues created by managing multiple apps across multiple Clouds, with simplified troubleshooting, and no need for separate specialisms in networking, computing, and storage.

03

Optimal security - Fewer disparate systems and platforms means fewer hidden attack vectors, with control and visibility of the entire infrastructure supporting a proactive approach to cyber security.

04

Effortless scalability - Provision new resources as needed, without the complexity associated with traditional three-tier architecture, by adding additional HCI nodes to the cluster.

05

Complete flexibility - Combine Cloud and on-premises infrastructure to accommodate the most complex workloads, even across the most highly regulated industries with stringent compliance obligations.

Unlock Cloud Potential

A fully managed Hybrid Cloud solution,
utilising the full range of Azure capabilities

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Built on industry-leading technologies

Includes Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct,
and the core Azure management service - powered by Dell private HCI, combined with the Microsoft Azure management and feature set, with everything hosted on x86 servers.

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Subscription-based
pricing

An Azure subscription allows
for greater cost control than perpetual licenses.

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Advanced security
features

Includes shielded VMs, secure boot,
and BitLocker encryption (at both platform and VM layers), support for Intel TME and TME-MK, and secure guard extensions.

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Trusted solutions

Internal teams can draw on their existing knowledge and skills around storage and virtualisation, with Azure Arc enabling streamlined operations and management, allowing time and resources to be refocused as necessary.

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Failover clustering
for optimal resilience

In the event of a node failure, workloads can be automatically transferred to other nodes within the cluster, minimising any downtime.

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Seamless integration with Microsoft Azure

Allows on-premises infrastructure
to be extended into the Cloud, leveraging Azure services, including backup, disaster recovery, and additional compute capacity.

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Multiple levels
of management available

Exponential-e offers four levels of management for Azure Stack HCI, ensuring you receive hands-on support from our Hybrid Cloud experts that suits both your budget and your current level of internal expertise.

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Cloud-native
services

Includes Azure Container Services,
Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Virtual Desktops, Azure App Services, Azure Data Services - deployed within the data centre, ensuring maximum performance with minimal latency.

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Consolidated workloads with Hyper-V virtualisation

Allows multiple VMs to be run on
a single server, allowing for more effective resource utilisation and enhanced application security.

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Leading the way in Hybrid Cloud innovation

Exponential-e has helped organisations across a range of challenging sectors - including Finance, Healthcare, and Government - accelerate their Cloud transformation plans for more than twenty years. We continue to work closely with our customers and technology partners to deliver bespoke Cloud transformation initiatives that support the most complex workflows and the strictest compliance requirements. To this end, we have established robust partnerships with a range of industry leaders. Specifically:

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We are a Tier-1 Microsoft CSP Solutions Partner, as well as a Microsoft Partner of Record (CPOR), helping our customers to achieve the best possible ROI from their Microsoft solutions.

02

We are a Dell Titanium Partner, allowing us to provide expert support around these technologies, best-in-class pricing, and early access to new innovations.

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We are a Tier-1 Microsoft CSP Solutions Partner, as well as a Microsoft Partner of Record (CPOR), helping our customers to achieve the best possible ROI from their Microsoft solutions.
We are a Dell Titanium Partner, allowing us to provide expert support around these technologies, best-in-class pricing, and early access to new innovations.

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Teamwork & Technology Drive Innovation

with the UK's favourite coffee retailer

When you have a strong tender, but no guarantee the team you're meeting is the team you'll be working with, there's always a concern whether things will work as planned on launch day. But this was never an issue with Exponential-e. All the way through, I had complete confidence in the team we'd be working with.

Barry Firth IT / People Services Programme Manager, Costa.

Costa Coffee - Teamwork & Technology Drive Innovation with the UK's favourite coffee retailer.
Costa Coffee - Teamwork & Technology Drive Innovation with the UK's favourite coffee retailer.
Costa Coffee - Teamwork & Technology Drive Innovation with the UK's favourite coffee retailer.

Accreditations and Frameworks


Environmental Management
Certificate number: EMS 648194


Environmental Management
Certificate number: EMS 648194


Cloud Security
Certificate number: STAR 6073412


Quality Management
Certificate number: FS 545046


Information Security Management
Certificate number: IS 545047


Service Management
Certificate number: ITMS 562540


Business Continuity Management
Certificate number: BCMS 6073420


2017 Data protection
Certificate number: PIMS 686040

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Our commitment to delivering excellence

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Through our own customer service platform, our customers are able to give us feedback quickly and easily, with a click of a button. Our Customer Support teams are immediately notified of feedback so they can respond instantly, in order to quickly closing the loop on any feedback that is less than excellent.

Our Technology Partners

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Cisco
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FAQs

  • Simplified infrastructure Azure Stack HCI integrates storage, compute, and networking into a single, scalable solution, reducing complexity.
  • Enhanced performance - Experience fast performance for demanding workloads with software-defined storage and networking.
  • Hybrid Cloud capabilities - Connect your on-premises Azure Stack HCI cluster to Azure for centralised management, disaster recovery, and access to Azure services.
  • Cost control - Consolidate resources and reduce storage costs with built-in software-defined storage.
  • Effortless management - Simplify management with familiar Windows Server tools and integration with Azure Arc for centralised control.

Contact us to help you design, deploy, and manage your Azure Stack HCI solution.

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