Looking to start operating your own instance of Azure or a fail fast and fail cheap environment to accelerate innovation, whatever your goals are, Azure Stack Development kit is a great way to accelerate your adoption of Azure in your data center.
We started with a single node reference configuration since TP2 to enable you to get started learning about the Azure Stack Tenant and Operator experience on a set of core IaaS services with minimal capital investment. Since TP3, Microsoft has added more Azure Services targeting PaaS and Developers. At the same time we also heard from our early evaluator customers that the minimum specs published by Microsoft would not cut it for certain use cases. Now with the dev kit coming out, a single configuration does not fit all use cases
Based on the Azure Stack Dev Kit and what we have learnt from TP2 and TP3, we have 3 configurations targeting the 3 use cases as shown below.
With the Starter Edition, we carried over a version for customers to try the Azure Stack Operator and tenant experience to deliver Self Service IaaS. Customers loved our sub- $10K entry price. At a low entry cost, you can offer your customers (internal or external) their own instance of Azure on-prem while also building expertise on how to operate your own instance of Azure.
As Microsoft delivered more PaaS services since TP3, we created a PaaS edition for customers evaluating these services for App modernization. Based on the TP3 experience, as you started to deploy resource providers, the Starter editions quickly ran out of juice. For customers looking to extend their use cases to include services that are part of the Azure AppService or looking to experiment with the SQL RP, the PaaS edition gives you a good balance of price and performance. The PaaS edition also makes it easy to explore Dev Ops practices, delivering rapid deployment time and leveraging Infrastructure as Code capabilities with ARM templates.
As Microsoft delivered the Azure Stack Dev Kit, customers have started to not just evaluate PaaS services, they have started to prototype applications leveraging multiple IaaS and PaaS services. In addition, our work with the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) team has surfaced the need to make a more capable edition available that can not only run the PCF framework, but also lets you get started developing applications with PCF on Azure Stack. With the Developer Edition, you not only start to develop your applications, you can also operationalize DevOps practices with Visual Studio. Any application you develop on single node will run on multi-node Azure Stack and even on Azure. You can also leverage tools like Visual Studio and the Developer Edition of Azure stack to use ARM templates to deploy and provision the resources your application needs.
A final note: this is a developer node and is not supported to be run in production. Dell EMC will only offer Hardware Support. Since this is an evaluation environment, Microsoft Customer Support Services will not support the Developer kit. Use the Microsoft forums for answers to your questions or raise issues.