Azure Arc Extends Microsoft Cloud to Rival Infrastructures – Channelnomics

November 7, 2019

Organizations will be able to run Azure services on AWS, Google Cloud

Channelnomics Staff

Microsoft is taking another step to address the growing adoption of hybrid cloud and mulitcloud environments with Azure Arc, which will enable organizations to not only run Azure management tools and data services in their own data centers but also on rival cloud infrastructures from the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud.

Azure Arc was introduced in preview form and right now only Azure SQL Database and Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale services can be used on other infrastructure providers, though that list promises to grow in the future.

Other Azure-related announcements at Ignite include:

>More hybrid cloud: New Azure Stack Hub services touch on backup and recovery, Kubernetes, stream analytics, cloud database management and virtual desktops.

>The edge: Azure Stack Edge is a managed edge appliance that leverages artificial intelligence (AI), Nvidia GPUs, virtual machine support, multiple nodes for high availability, and multi-access edge compute (MEC) to run Azure services at the edge.

Azure Arc also builds off of Microsoft’s growing cloud partnerships with such vendors as Oracle and SAP.

“Delivering hybrid cloud IT services to customers that span on-premises, private cloud and public cloud providers has not been without its challenges. Providing a single portal across all environments, portability for applications and consistency in the way platforms are provisioned has always been a pipe dream for most MSP’s until now,” said Gordon McKenna, CTO of public cloud at Ensono, an MSP. “Azure Arc marks the next generation of Azure services and brings with it the ability to deploy key Azure services on any kind of platform, including on-premises as well as rival public clouds. For customers who run applications across distributed systems, this means being able to expand the application footprint to edge devices and hosted or public cloud platforms, opening up more compelling or efficient ways of architecting applications. For service providers, this brings the ability to allow a customer to expand into other platforms quickly and consistently with one interface drastically lowering the cost of operations. For Microsoft, this allows them to bring their award-winning Azure platform back into the data center, finally recognizing that many clients will remain hybrid for years to come.”

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