Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was updated
It means that:
- Azure Pack is not dead, and it’s far from being dead.
- Azure Pack will continue to evolve until 2022 (6 years from now) and will be supported until 2027 (11 years from now).
Remember that Microsoft Azure Stack is not the new version of Windows Azure Pack (WAP). Azure Stack release in 2017 won’t kill WAP – they will co-exist together for a long time. Azure Stack and WAP have a different purpose – WAP is a great solution to build IaaS, and Azure Stack is a great platform to run Azure services in your datacenter. They are totally different inside and very different from the outside – WAP looks like a simplified old Azure Portal, while Azure Stack looks exactly like new Azure Portal. WAP is built on top of Windows Server and System Center and can run on a vast varieties of hardware, supported by Windows Server 2012R2/2016. Azure Stack architecture is inspired by Azure, uses Azure Resource Manager model and can run only on a specific supported hardware.
It’s great that Microsoft supports both approaches. Service providers can use WAP to build a great IaaS solution, using the hardware they like or already have. They can use Azure Stack to build a “little Azure” in their DCs.