If there is no Azure Region near you, or perhaps for technical or compliance reasons you want to have a local implementation of Azure, you need to look into Azure Stack. Azure Stack is a local implementation of Azure that you can deploy in your own data center. Keep in mind, however, that the services available on Azure Stack are a subset of the services available in the public cloud offering. Having said that, you can leverage the majority of the IaaS and PaaS services. This might be a good solution if you want to minimize latency between applications running in Azure and your mainframe installation.
Azure Stack comes in three separate offerings, as follows:
- Azure Stack Edge: Azure Stack Edge is designed primarily for Internet of Things (IoT) and edge AI-type workloads. It employs hardware-accelerated machine learning (ML) for fast analysis at edge locations.
- Azure Stack HCI: This offering provides a hyperconverged hybrid solution that is integrated into...