The first Technical Preview (TP) of Azure Stack is a chance to see how close Microsoft can get the experience of private and hybrid cloud to the hyperscale public Azure cloud. There are two sides to that: what Azure Stack is like to build, run and maintain as an admin, and what it's like to use for building and running cloud services.

Production versions of Azure Stack will need at least four servers (and more if you want to run all the Azure Stack services), and Microsoft is expecting most customers to either buy an Azure Stack appliance (like the Cloud Platform System with Windows Azure Pack it offers through HP and Dell), or to order prec ...

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