Hybrid and multicloud solutions

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Customer environments are becoming increasingly complex, with many apps often running on different hardware across on-premises, multi-cloud and the edge. Managing these disparate environments at scale, ensuring uncompromised security and enabling developer agility are critical to success.

Azure uniquely helps you meet these challenges, giving you the flexibility to innovate anywhere in your hybrid environment while operating seamlessly and securely.

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Manage, govern and secure servers, Kubernetes clusters and apps seamlessly across on-premises, multi-cloud and the edge from a single place.

Bring always up-to-date Azure services to any infrastructure and benefit from elastic scale, automation, unified management and industry-leading security.

Build and deploy cloud-native apps in your own data centre. Consolidate on-premises virtualised apps on cloud-connected hyperconverged infrastructure with the best price performance.

Bring compute, storage and intelligence of Azure to IoT devices. Run machine learning and advanced analytics at the edge to gain real-time insights.

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Build and deploy a truly consistent app experience everywhere in your hybrid cloud.


Seamlessly migrate, manage and analyse data across your digital estate. Run Azure data services where you need them.


Manage, govern and secure IT resources across on-premises, multi-cloud and the edge from a single control plane.


Get unified security management and advanced threat protection for all your workloads across on-premises, Azure and other cloud environments.


Give users a seamless, SSO experience across cloud, mobile and on-premises apps by managing access with a unified identity platform.


Make Azure an extension of your existing network, securely connecting distributed workloads and locations at a global scale.

Build hybrid and multi-cloud solutions through example solution architectures

Azure Arc hybrid configuration management

Azure Arc allows you to manage your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside Azure on your corporate network or other cloud service provider, similarly to how you manage native Azure virtual machines.

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Back up on-premises applications and data to the cloud

This solution is built on the Azure managed services: Backup Server, Azure Backup and Blob Storage. These services run in a high-availability environment that is patched and supported, allowing you to focus on your solution instead of the environment they run in.

View all hybrid data solution architectures

Connect an on-premises network to Azure using a VPN gateway

Extend a network from on premises or from Azure Stack into an Azure virtual network, using a site-to-site virtual private network (VPN). Traffic flows between the on-premises network and Azure through an IPSec VPN tunnel or through the Azure Stack multi-tenant VPN gateway.

View all hybrid networking solution architectures

Integrate on-premises Active Directory domains with Azure Active Directory

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.

View all hybrid identity solution architectures

Hybrid Security Monitoring using Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel

Use Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel to monitor the security configuration and telemetry of on-premises and Azure operating system workloads.

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Hybrid connectivity with Azure Stack Hub

Hybrid cloud apps 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 Azure and on-premises components.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Hybrid cloud is a computing environment that combines public cloud and on-premises infrastructure including private cloud by allowing data and applications to be shared between them. Hybrid cloud gives organisations more deployment options and greater flexibility to scale computing resources and take advantage of cloud innovation while offering interoperability with on-premises environment. With multi-cloud and edge computing emerging in recent years, hybrid cloud is evolving to include multi-cloud environments and edge infrastructure.

    Organisations choose a hybrid cloud approach for many reasons, such as meeting regulatory and data sovereignty requirements, maximising on-premises technology investment, addressing low-latency and edge workloads and increasing resilience and business continuity.

  • Multicloud is the use of multiple-cloud computing services from more than one cloud service provider – whether it is a private or public cloud – in a heterogeneous environment. Many organisations adopt a multi-cloud strategy to gain greater flexibility and mitigate risk because it gives them the ability to choose different services from different cloud service providers best suited for a specific task or take advantage of services offered by a particular cloud service provider in a particular geography.

    Multicloud requires skillsets in understanding different clouds, which becomes challenging when companies are facing a shortage of cloud talent. A multi-cloud approach also adds operational complexity. Therefore, it’s important to choose a cloud platform such as Azure that embraces a multi-cloud approach and offers product capabilities that help significantly simplify multi-cloud management.

  • Edge computing is to bring the computing power of the cloud to IoT devices close to where the data resides to reduce latency and gain real-time insights. The proliferation of smart sensors and connected devices, combined with advanced cloud technologies such as machine learning and AI, makes edge computing a reality.

    With edge computing, customers can run VMs, containers and data services at edge locations. By moving certain workloads to the edge of the network, devices spend less time communicating with the cloud, react more quickly to local changes, operate reliably even in extended offline periods and can deliver immersive user experience through highly responsive and contextually aware apps.

    At Microsoft, we believe that we are in the era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, where the massive computing power of the cloud combined with increasingly connected and perceptive edge technologies are unlocking new business scenarios across all industries at a speed we’ve never seen before. Azure offers an intelligent, consistent and comprehensive platform from cloud to edge to power these new possibilities.

  • Businesses with a successful hybrid and multi-cloud strategy take a comprehensive approach and run distributed environments such as a single environment with consistent experience across locations. Such a hybrid environment allows developers to build apps with the same APIs and tools and deploy apps seamlessly across different locations. A successful hybrid and multi-cloud architecture also provides a unified way to manage, secure and govern IT resources across on-premises, multi-cloud and the edge. Running hybrid and multi-cloud in a durable way also means enabling consistent database choices and architectures across environments so you can easily move application data where you need it and manage it holistically.

    The Azure hybrid cloud takes a comprehensive approach and offers proven hybrid and multi-cloud capabilities across application development, data, management, security, identity and networking. Products such as Azure Arc and the Azure Stack portfolio enable customers to bring innovation anywhere across on-premises, multi-cloud and the edge while operating seamlessly and securely.

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