Azure Stack is delivered as a pre-validated integrated system. It contains a complete infrastructure management system that fully integrates into your environment. Azure Stack IaaS is the collection of foundational services on which all other PaaS services build, and IaaS resources in Azure Stack are provisioned and managed via Azure-consistent tools, the SDK, and a portal. IaaS cloud service design in Azure Stack builds on and extends the software-defined data center (SDDC) platform capabilities of Windows Server 2016. This chapter focused on how Azure Stack architecture is designed to provide the capabilities of Microsoft Azure on-premise, running Azure in your data center environments as an integrated system.
Chapter 4, “Installing and Configuring Azure Stack,” explores the installation of the Azure Stack Development Kit and configuring an Azure Stack integrated system in a production environment. It provides information and context on how to verify and troubleshoot an Azure Stack installation, along with a complete overview of system specifications of an Azure Stack production system.