Microsoft has long maintained that it has a secret weapon in the cloud wars against the Amazon Web Services juggernaut.
The weapon is Microsoft’s existing inroads into the business software market. And the strategy was never more apparent than in May 2015, when the company announced Azure Stack, a set of products that let you build a version of the Microsoft Azure cloud in your own data center.
Finally, after some delays, the secret weapon is out: Microsoft announced on Monday that Azure Stack-powered systems from Dell EMC, Lenovo, and HP Enterprise were available to order for September delivery. Cisco and Huawei are expected to introduce theirs shortly, Microsoft says.