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Azure Arc

Extend Azure management and services anywhere

Accelerate innovation across hybrid and multi-cloud environments

Azure Arc offers simplified management, faster app development and consistent Azure services. Easily organise, govern and secure Windows, Linux, SQL Server and Kubernetes clusters across data centres, the edge and multi-cloud environments directly from Azure. Architect, design and build cloud-native apps anywhere without sacrificing central visibility and control. Get Azure innovation and cloud benefits by deploying consistent Azure data, application and machine learning services on any infrastructure.

See what customers are doing with Azure Arc

"With Azure Arc, we can help our customers grow and expand across the continent, creating more jobs and economic opportunities along the way."

Calvin Karundu, Software Engineer, Africa’s Talking

"Azure Arc is the key technology we use to deliver software as a service to the edge within our customers' local on-premises networks."

Thomas Gossler, Chief Architect for Teamplay, Siemens Healthineers

"With Azure Arc, we're able to distribute solutions and workloads across multiple clouds and datacenters to support our clients that would have otherwise been bound to a datacenter."

Aram Lauxtermann, Director of Cloud, KPMG

"Using Azure Arc–enabled data services, I'm able to deploy multiple databases with the same exact configuration versus having a bunch of different sizes and flavors out there."

Kristina Melo, SQL Database Administrator, Ferguson Enterprises

"Azure Arc uses the same APIs and the same control plane as Azure, providing consistency across the hybrid infrastructure, which increases productivity and reduces risk."

Mike DeLuca, Global Lead for Hybrid, Avanade
Avanade, Inc

"Azure Arc's clear focus on standardization, interoperability, and compliance allows both us and our customers to gain insights and better management capabilities using the central Azure control plane."

Stijn Callebaut, CTO, DexMach
Dexmach

Gain central visibility, operations and compliance

  • Centrally manage a wide range of resources including Windows and Linux servers, SQL server, Kubernetes clusters and Azure services.
  • Establish central visibility in the Azure portal and enable multi-environment search with Azure Resource Graph.
  • Meet governance and compliance standards for apps, infrastructure and data with Azure Policy.
  • Delegate access and manage security policies for resources using role-based access control (RBAC) and Azure Lighthouse.
  • Organise and inventory assets through a variety of Azure scopes, such as management groups, subscriptions, resource groups and tags.
  • Learn more about hybrid and multi-cloud management in the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure.

Build cloud-native apps anywhere, at scale

  • Bring DevOps practices anywhere and build iteratively.
  • Reduce errors with consistent policy-driven app deployment and cluster operations at scale from source control and templates.
  • Write to the same application service APIs that can run consistently on premises, across multiple clouds and in edge environments using Kubernetes.
  • Save time and reduce admin tasks by using purpose-built Azure data and application services in your architecture.

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Run Azure services anywhere

Azure Arc use cases

Control sprawling IT assets

Easily organise, gover, and secure Windows and Linux servers, SQL Server and Kubernetes clusters across data centres, the edge and multi-cloud environments. Use Azure tools such as Azure Policy and Azure Resource Graph with both traditional and cloud workloads.

Ensure consistent deployments and configuration

Deploy and manage Kubernetes applications with GitHub and Azure Policy. Ensure that applications and clusters are consistently deployed and configured at scale from source control.

Meet regulatory and data sovereignty requirements

Automate and enforce policies to meet data governance and security requirements, and manage costs efficiently. Get the latest cloud innovation and automation, elastic scale and unified management for data workloads that are running across hybrid infrastructure.

Built-in Azure security and compliance anywhere

Azure Arc pricing

Azure Arc is offered at no additional cost when managing Azure Arc-enabled servers and Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes. Add-on Azure management services are charged for Azure Arc-enabled servers and Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes. Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance is in general availability; additional data and application services are in preview and currently offered at no additional cost. See the Azure Arc pricing page for details.

Azure Arc partners

Choose from a growing number of partners to help you build and manage hybrid and multi-cloud applications.

Azure Arc-enabled infrastructure

Flexibility

  • Works for both Linux and Windows
  • Works with virtual machines (VMs), bare-metal servers and other clouds
  • Domain-agnostic – works across multiple domains at the same time

Management

  • Searchable inventory at scale
  • Same server management experience across environments
  • Consistent VM extensions for agent management

Governance and security

  • Built-in Azure policies for servers
  • Server security baselines
  • Ability to view and search for non-compliant servers across environments
  • Advanced data security

Role-Based Access Control

  • Central IT-based, at-scale operations
  • Management by workload owner, based on access privileges
  • Integrated with Azure Lighthouse for managed service providers

Flexibility

  • Container platform of your choice
  • Out-of-the-box support for most CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation)-certified Kubernetes
  • Use across dev, test and production Kubernetes clusters in your environment

Management

  • Inventory, organise and tag Kubernetes clusters
  • Deploy apps and configuration as code using GitOps
  • Monitor and manage at scale with policy-based deployment

Governance and security

  • Built-in Kubernetes Gatekeeper policies
  • Apply consistent security configuration at scale
  • Consistent cluster extensions for Azure monitoring, governance, security services and more

Role-Based Access Control

  • Central IT-based at-scale operations
  • Management by workload owner based on access privileges

Azure hybrid by design

Extend your data centre to the cloud and manage Azure Stack HCI hosts, VMs and Azure resources side by side in the Azure portal.

Enterprise scale and great price performance

Modernise your infrastructure of aging servers and storage, consolidate virtualised workloads and gain cloud efficiencies on premises.

Familiar management and operations

Simplify your operations by using an easy-to-manage solution that works with your environment and popular external solutions.

Deployment flexibility

Select the deployment scenario that’s best for your environment, such as an appliance-like experience, a validated node solution from one of more than 20 hardware partners or repurposed hardware.

Azure-consistent Kubernetes

Deploy and manage containerised apps with consistent Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI. Build and run new or modernise existing Windows apps where you need them with built-in security and familiar tools.

Azure Arc-enabled services

Azure App Service

Quickly build, deploy and manage web apps and APIs in any environment

Azure functions

Build event-driven apps with built-in bindings and deploy the same code anywhere

Azure Logic Apps

Connect apps, data and devices anywhere

Azure API Management

Manage APIs across all environments

Azure Event Grid

Manage routing of all events from any source to any destination

Learn more about Azure Arc-enabled application services

Run Azure data services on-premises, at the edge and in multicloud environments using Kubernetes on the infrastructure of your choice. Get the latest Azure innovations, elastic scale and unified management for data workloads with or without direct cloud connection.

Azure Arc-enabled Azure SQL is generally available.

Azure Arc-enabled PostgreSQL is in preview.

Always current

Automated updates and evergreen SQL

As-a-service

Built-in HA/DR and automation at scale

Elastic scaling

Scale up, scale out Hyperscale Postgres

Unified management

Single-pane-of-glass management and consistent workflows

Learn more about Azure Arc-enabled data services

Get started in minutes

Experience one-click deployment of the managed machine learning add-on

Run on any Kubernetes cluster

Train machine learning models and get reliability with service-level objectives

Familiar tools

Use machine learning notebooks and get built-in support for open-source frameworks

Responsible machine learning innovation

Build solutions using interpretability and fairness capabilities

Boost productivity

Maintain audit trails, track lineage and manage quota for machine learning

Learn more about Azure Machine Learning

Azure Arc updates, blogs and announcements

Frequently asked questions about Azure Arc

  • Azure Arc is a software solution that enables you to project your on-premises and multi-cloud resources, such as virtual or physical servers and Kubernetes clusters, into Azure Resource Manager. With Azure Arc’s hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, you manage your resources as if they’re running in Azure, using a single pane of glass to manage your entire data estate. Azure Stack is a hardware solution that enables you to run an Azure environment on premises.
  • Read the documentation and how-to guides.
  • Azure Arc supports servers running anywhere – on premises and in any cloud. These include Windows and Linux, physical and virtual, domain-joined and non-domain-joined servers. See a list of supported Windows versions and Linux distributions. Learn more about Azure Arc-enabled servers.
  • See a list of supported Kubernetes distributions.
  • Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes delivers configuration management and application deployment from Azure using GitOps. Take a tutorial.

Get started with Azure Arc

Getting started