Azure Arc – redefine hybrid cloud…

Azure delivered 59% revenue growth in the latest quarter which is more than expected from its other Microsoft products. MSFT introducing various new cloud services and acquisitions giving it edge over the rivals Amazon and Google.

“Azure Arc enables customers to have a central, unified, and self-service approach to manage their Windows and Linux Servers, Kubernetes clusters, and Azure data services wherever they are,” writes Jeremy Winter, director of Program Management for Microsoft Azure. “Azure Arc also extends adoption of cloud practices like DevOps and Azure security across on-premises, multi-cloud and edge.”

Simply put, Azure Arc provides you with the opportunity to run Azure services anywhere. It provide three main functions below:-

  • Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale (scale-out function by sharding) can be deployed to Kubernetes on any cloud environment such as AWS or GCP or on-premise, and centralized management including patch application, automatic update, security policy application, etc. is possible
  • Integrated management of Windows Server, Linux Server, Kubernetes cluster, etc. running on any platform including AWS and on-premises.
  • Deploy and deploy applications to Kubernetes clusters managed by Azure Arc can be coded and automated like GitOps using GitHub

Azure Arc is currently available in preview.

In this summary, I think anyone can find a true use case for Azure Arc. Whether your a solutions architect, database administrator or a cloud engineer. This appears to be a one-stop-shop for managing your enterprise hybrid environment regardless of which cloud service provider we are leveraging.

 To sign up for a free preview of Azure Arc click here.

Click here to read more about how Azure Arc specifically works for servers.

For a demo on Azure Arc, click here and here.

n addition, Microsoft continues to expand its Azure Stack portfolio, adding Azure Stack Edge, a managed device that supports artificial intelligence, to bring computing and storage to edge use cases. Its built-in FPGA accelerates the inference workload of artificial intelligence. The application is executed on the container and the failover function is achieved by relocating the virtual machine to another server when needed.

The Azure Stack Hub also has several updates. The Azure Stack Hub is a cloud-native integration system that allows users to deliver Azure services directly from their own data center or from other service providers. Kubernetes now officially supports Kubernetes in Azure Stack Hub, allowing users to open, deploy and manage Kubernetes clusters with a single tool, which is much simpler for scheduling.

Keep it up Azure!

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