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Can we install a version of azure locally? In other words, can we manage an independent azure cloud? I am using the emulator. But I want a real azure system.

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Yes. At least partially. See this link for more information about Windows Azure Pack.


Features currently available include:

  • Web Sites
  • Virtual Machines
  • SQL Databases
  • mySQL Databases
  • Service Bus
  • Service Management Automation
  • more features added all the time...
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The new name for this is "Azure Pack", with details here: microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-azure-pack In addition the features you mention, it adds Service Bus queues and topics. –  Corey Cole Oct 15 '14 at 15:06
Thanks Corey, I'll amend my answer. –  dotnetengineer Oct 16 '14 at 14:07

Can we install a version of azure locally?

No, Azure is Microsoft's proprietary cloud infrastructure, and as far as I know, it's not for sale.

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I found this information: microsoft.com/windowsazure/appliance –  delete_this_account May 25 '11 at 4:08
To me, if you wanted to get anywhere near that you would need to be a multi-billion dollar company who is a Microsoft partner. You may wish to look at OpenStack.org –  Adam Mar 1 '12 at 9:48

You currently cannot install Azure locally. However Microsoft is working on an on-premises cloud offering, AKA - private cloud. I've no idea how much it will be, but if you want a local cloud you're looking at around $500k or more for a truly "cloud scale" and "cloud scaling" solution.

Currently Azure is multiple data centers, multiple regions, and hundreds of thousands of machines. This is something that one (even a very LARGE corporation) can't just purchase and emulate. Thus the reason it isn't offered as an on-premises or local installation.

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People who say it cannot be done are wrong! Azure Pack has been available for a long time. For now, you can use AzurePack. It is not an easy install but it is well documented https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn469338.aspx

We have already announced the next version (called Azure Stack) which allows you to run the entire the Azure Stack in your datacenter. You can learn about it directly from the product team on the team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/tags/microsoft+azure+stack/default.aspx

It was announced that "Today (May 4, 2015) we are delighted to announce that as part of the 2016 wave of products we are bringing Azure to your Datacenter with the Microsoft Azure Stack, equipping you to transform your organization." The actual release date of the wave has not been released yet. The assumption (by the name of the products) is that it will be sometime in 2016.

You can also learn more about it on Microsoft.com http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/azure-in-your-datacenter/ Once it is generally available either of these two links should give you the download link.

Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft and http://ITProGuru.com is my primary personal [and official] blog

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