While having a “Cloud First, Mobile First” strategy makes a lot of sense, especially in consumer related projects, this approach is problematic in quite a few industrial and professional embedded scenarios.
Well, as a company you might not have connectivity for all your devices everywhere due to infrastructure/cost reasons or security/high-availability considerations.
In these scenarios one currently is quite left alone today by large SW vendors, with what was considered legacy datacenter technology.
However, some smart people at Microsoft have thought about this and have found a great solution!
What, if You could use Cloud (Azure) technology on-premises just as in the Cloud and maybe even transparently roam between the two just as required? Sounds good?
If that raises some interest with you, have a look at Azure Stack. Jeffrey Snover, aka the father of PowerShell, introduces the newest version of this game changing technology in his current blog post.
I consider this great news for all solution architects that have to cope with real world scenarios, which never are Cloud-only or datacenter-only!
Great work Azure Stack team! Keep it up, I am eagerly waiting for more to come. 🙂