Modernizing data centers with the Hybrid cloud framework provides the ability to improve scalability and performance, lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and make it easier to manage and secure the IT infrastructure. Azure Stack HCI optimizes on-premises hardware by leveraging virtualization and integrating with key Azure hybrid services. As shown in the following diagram, Azure Stack HCI brings a cloud-centric operational model by connecting to Azure hybrid services through Azure Arc.
Windows Admin Center (WAC) is a simplified management tool for managing Windows Servers, clusters and edge/HCI nodes residing on-premises. It brings in a lot of value being a remote management console that can have an upside in a modern IT environment. By connecting to your Windows server from anywhere, WAC can be installed on a Windows 10 or 11 workstation, a single-server node, or on a virtual machine. It contains core tools for troubleshooting, configuration, management, and maintenance for Windows Server, Windows Client, Software-Defined Storage (SDS), Software-Defined Network (SDN), Microsoft Hyper-V Server, and more. WAC also enables customers to take advantage of cloud services by allowing them to connect their HCI/Windows Server nodes to Azure Hybrid services. For a complete list of all Azure hybrid services integration with Windows Admin Center, see the official documentation from Microsoft: Connecting Windows Server to Azure hybrid services.
WAC encompasses a lot of common scenarios, compared to traditional Microsoft Management Console (MMC) in-box tools. It is presently a complementary tool to RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) and might become the exclusive administrative tool. Roles such as Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, have been added to WAC. For a detailed look at what tools are included with Windows Admin Center, see the Microsoft documentation Manage Servers with Windows Admin Center.
As more HCI nodes are deployed, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the whole IT estate, in addition to the existing traditional infrastructure and multi-cloud resources. Also, edge scenarios are poised to create even thicker server sprawls. Azure Arc extends Azure`s common control plane to manage servers and Kubernetes clusters across on-premises, multi-cloud, and edge. Azure Arc empowers customers to organize, govern, secure, and manage resources by delivering a consistent multi-cloud and on-premises management platform, all from a single pane of glass.
OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center support native management of PowerEdge servers and Dell Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI. Console-based offerings are made available for integration with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.