Hybrid cloud solutions

Build your hybrid solutions on the only cloud that delivers a consistent experience across environments.

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Deliver application consistency, seamlessly manage data, address security and management, and take on new business scenarios across on-premises, cloud and edge environments.

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Networking

Build fast hybrid networks with highly reliable performance and secure connectivity.

Apps

Drive application innovation and deliver a consistent experience across your hybrid cloud.

Data

Migrate, manage and analyse data across your entire digital estate.

Identity

Simplify access and enhance security with a single identity platform.

Security

Unify security management and modernise security operations.

Management

Greatly simplify and optimise operations management.

Build a highly available, fast and secure hybrid network

Achieve global scale and the local presence you need with access to one of the largest cloud networks. Reduce network latency with extremely fast hybrid connectivity through Azure ExpressRoute at bandwidths up to 100 Gbps. Quickly connect thousands of branch sites by automating configuration and connectivity with Azure Virtual WAN. Protect and secure your virtual network using services such as Azure Firewall and Azure DDoS Protection. Deliver the best user experience with Azure Front Door Service.

How hybrid networking solutions work

Smithfield Foods

”We have factories all over the world…but we couldn’t use the Amazon Web Services network to transfer data between regions. With Azure, we can. We can transfer data to all our locations without leaving the Azure network, which delivers lower latency, lower costs, and higher security.”

Matthew Douglas​, Director of Cloud and Solutions Architecture, Smithfield​ Foods, Inc.

Hybrid networking reference architectures

  • This reference architecture shows how to extend an on-premises network to Azure, using a site-to-site virtual private network (VPN). Traffic flows between the on-premises network and an Azure Virtual Network (VNet) through an IPSec VPN tunnel.

  • This reference architecture shows how to connect an on-premises network to virtual networks on Azure, using Azure ExpressRoute. ExpressRoute connections use a private, dedicated connection through a third-party connectivity provider. The private connection extends your on-premises network into Azure.

  • This reference architecture shows how to connect an on-premises network to an Azure virtual network (VNet) using ExpressRoute, with a site-to-site virtual private network (VPN) as a failover connection. Traffic flows between the on-premises network and the Azure VNet through an ExpressRoute connection. If there is a loss of connectivity in the ExpressRoute circuit, traffic is routed through an IPSec VPN tunnel.

  • This reference architecture shows how to implement a hub-spoke topology in Azure. The hub is a virtual network (VNet) in Azure that acts as a central point of connectivity to your on-premises network. The spokes are VNets that peer with the hub, and can be used to isolate workloads. Traffic flows between the on-premises data centre and the hub through an ExpressRoute or VPN gateway connection.

  • This reference architecture builds on the hub-spoke reference architecture to include shared services in the hub that can be consumed by all spokes. As a first step towards migrating a data centre to the cloud, and building a virtual data centre, the first services you need to share are identity and security. This reference architecture shows you how to extend your Active Directory services from your on-premises data centre to Azure, and how to add a network virtual appliance (NVA) that can act as a firewall, in a hub-spoke topology.

Deliver application innovation across on-premises, cloud and edge

Migrate apps to the cloud to gain greater efficiency and achieve significant cost savings. Modernise your existing apps on-premises or build innovative new apps. Address network latency requirements with edge and disconnected solutions. Deliver a truly consistent app experience everywhere in your hybrid cloud.

Run hybrid apps in your data centre

Bring Azure services to your data centre with Azure Stack. Use Azure Stack HCI solutions to run virtualised apps on-premises. Enjoy hybrid cloud benefits while meeting regulatory and connectivity requirements.

Migrate your apps to the cloud

Confidently move your apps to Azure with proven migration technologies. Get the best value for your cloud investment – with big savings over AWS for Windows Server and SQL Server.

Enable edge and disconnected scenarios

Take advantage of Azure edge technologies to enable new business scenarios. Build consistent experiences in the cloud and at the edge, even when your solutions are disconnected from the Internet.

Use DevOps to deliver apps faster

Deliver better products faster using the proven agile tools in Azure DevOps. Adopt the same continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline across your entire hybrid cloud.

How hybrid apps work using Azure Stack

Chevron

"As we migrate thousands of applications to Azure, we are taking the opportunity to modernize. Rewriting applications and taking advantage of Azure platform services while using an automated code pipeline is what will give us the speed to enable digital in the future."

Victoria Harris, Manager, Public Cloud, Chevron

Azure Stack solution architectures

  • Hybrid cloud applications are a single system that has components running in both Azure and Azure Stack. This solution blueprint is relevant to establishing connectivity for any application that involves communications between the Azure public cloud and on-premises Azure Stack components. Hybrid connectivity is a foundational blueprint that will be applicable to most Azure Stack solutions.

  • Implementing a continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) approach to deploying applications becomes difficult when on-premises applications are built and operated in different ways to cloud applications. Having a consistent set of development tools and processes across the Azure public cloud and on-premises Azure Stack environments makes it a lot easier for organisations to implement a practice of CI/CD. Apps and services deployed the right way in Azure and Azure Stack are essentially interchangeable and can run in either location.

  • The need to keep application components on-premises doesn’t have to be a barrier to adopting cloud technologies. With Azure Stack, app components can reside on-premises while interacting with components running in Azure public cloud. This blueprint enables teams to manage identity for users as well as applications in a way that is consistent across clouds.

Migrate, manage and analyse data across your hybrid cloud

Easily move your SQL workloads to the cloud and back again with no code changes using Azure SQL Database Management Instance. Simplify app development with one code base across on-premises and the cloud. Take advantage of industry-leading performance and security, high availability, and advanced analytics.

How hybrid data works

Komatsu

“We determined Azure SQL Database Managed Instance was the best choice for us in terms of scalability, cost, and performance. We’ve seen a 49 percent cost reduction and 25 to 30 percent performance gains.”

Nipun Sharma, Analytics Architect, Business Technology & Systems, Komatsu Australia

Hybrid data solution architecture

  • A modern data warehouse lets you bring together all your data at any scale easily, and means you can get insights through analytical dashboards, operational reports or advanced analytics for all your users.

Manage access with a single identity platform

Give users a seamless, single sign-on experience across cloud, mobile and on-premises apps. Secure your resources and data from unauthorised access without compromising productivity using cloud-based security solutions. With Active Directory and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), you get one identity and access management solution across your hybrid environment.

How hybrid identity works

Hearst

“Some employees could spend half an hour a day connecting to VPNs and signing in, and that doesn’t capture forgotten passwords or support calls. We’re using Azure AD to give each one of our 20,000 employees one identity and one password.”

Chris Suozzi, Director of Cloud Programs, Hearst Communications

Hybrid identity reference architecture

  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based multi-tenant directory and identity service. This reference architecture shows best practices for integrating on-premises Active Directory domains with Azure AD to provide cloud-based identity authentication.

Unify security management and modernise security operations

Get a unified view of security for all of your workloads – across on-premises, Azure and other clouds – in one Azure Security Center dashboard. Modernise security operations with built-in AI and automation using Azure Sentinel.

How hybrid security works

Coats

“By running SAP HANA on Azure, we’ve boosted performance, cut costs, and opened up exciting avenues of innovation and optimization for our global business.”

Helge Brummer, Vice President of Global Technology and Solutions, Coats

Optimise the management of all your hybrid cloud resources

Monitor the performance of your hybrid apps, infrastructure and network in a unified view. Ensure business continuity and prepare for disaster recovery with Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery. Configure and install updates across hybrid environments with Azure Automation. Use Windows Admin Center to greatly simplify your server management and connect your on-premises servers to cloud services, including Backup and Site Recovery.

How hybrid management works

Russell Reynolds Associates

"We don't have to worry about managing space on expensive, purpose-built backup storage systems. We have no tape costs, management costs, nothing. Backup is dramatically cheaper with Azure."

Sean DeLessio, Lead Engineer, Distributed Infrastructure Team, Russell Reynolds Associates

Hybrid management solution architectures

  • Back up data and applications from an on-premises system to Azure using Azure Backup or a partner solution. An Internet connection to Azure is used to connect to Azure Backup or Azure Blob Storage. Azure Backup Server can write backups directly to Azure Backup. Alternatively, a partner solution such as Commvault Simpana or Veeam Availability Suite, hosted on premises, can write backups to Blob Storage directly or via a cloud endpoint such as Veeam Cloud Connect.

  • A large enterprise architecture for SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and Linux web servers hosted on an on-premises data centre with failover to Azure infrastructure.

Resources for hybrid cloud solutions

Making the Most of the Cloud Everywhere

Designing your hybrid cloud strategy: Identity and Access Management

Designing Your hybrid cloud strategy: A Practical Guide to Cloud Migration

Latest hybrid cloud blogs

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