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At Ignite 2017, Microsoft touted, at long last, that Azure Stack deployment was at hand for customers -- but that wasn't entirely true.

Microsoft is still tweaking the code, several Azure Stack hardware vendors said at the September conference, and those OEMs need to test and certify the product before they're ready for Azure Stack deployment. That could be another one to three months for businesses to finally install Azure Stack in their data centers.

Microsoft partnered with several vendors to offer Azure Stack, including Avanade, Cisco, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei and Lenovo. Now that those OEMs are selling Azure Stack -- or are at least on the verge of doing so -- businesses should examine the costs associated with the appliance.

Microsoft has different fee models for Azure Stack services: Base virtual machine; Windows Server virtual machine; Blob storage; Table and Queue storage; and App Service. In addition, businesses can use existing licenses to offset expenses.

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