Azure Arc

Extend Azure management and services anywhere

Accelerate innovation across hybrid and multicloud environments

Azure Arc offers simplified management, faster app development, and consistent Azure services. Standardize visibility, operations, and compliance across a wide range of resources and locations by extending the Azure control plane. Build cloud-native apps anywhere, at scale. Code and ship applications from Azure to any Kubernetes distributions in any location. Use cloud innovation where you need it by deploying Azure data services anywhere.

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
AfricasTalking

"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 at Siemens Healthineers
Siemens

"With Azure Arc we are 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
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 at Ferguson Enterprises
Ferguson

"Azure is already trusted and proven by our customers. 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

  • Organize resources such as Windows and Linux Servers, Kubernetes clusters, and Azure data services.
  • Manage and govern resources at scale with powerful scripting tools, the Azure portal and APIs, and Azure Lighthouse.
  • Enforce organization standards and assess compliance at scale for all your resources, anywhere, with Azure Policy.
  • Modernize on-premises and multicloud operations through a plethora of Azure management and governance services.

Build cloud-native apps anywhere, at scale

  • Bring modern cloud native development techniques anywhere to build iteratively on your choice of any certified Kubernetes distribution.
  • Deploy and configure applications and Kubernetes clusters consistently and at scale from source control and templates.
  • Reduce errors with consistent policy-driven deployment and operations.
  • Centrally manage and delegate access for DevOps roles and responsibilities.
  • Bring your familiar tools, development environments, and skills to wherever your application runs.

Learn more about Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes

Run Azure data services anywhere

  • Stay current with the latest innovations from Azure.
  • Deploy Azure services on any Kubernetes clusters.
  • Elastically scale based on capacity, with the ability to deploy data in seconds.
  • Ensure consistency across workloads with unified operations, management, and security.
  • Support connected, intermittently connected, and some disconnected use cases for frictionless development.
  • Manage costs efficiently with a cloud billing model for on-premises workloads.

Learn more about Azure arc enabled data services

Azure Arc use cases

Control sprawling IT assets

Easily organize, govern, and secure Windows and Linux servers, SQL Server, and Kubernetes clusters across datacenters, edge, and multicloud environments. Use Azure native tools like 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. Add-on Azure management services (Azure Monitor, etc.) may be charged differently for Azure VMs or Azure Arc enabled servers. Service by service pricing is available on the Azure Arc pricing page. Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters and Azure Arc enabled data services are in preview and are offered at no additional cost at this time. We will provide pricing details closer to general availability.

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 noncompliant 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 (MSPs)

Flexibility

  • Container platform of your choice with 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, organize 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

Role-based access control

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

Flexibility

  • Unmatched flexibility across VMs and bare-metal servers
  • SQL Server capabilities across on-premises and multicloud scenarios

Management

  • Searchable global inventory of SQL servers
  • Free ongoing SQL assessment

Governance and security

  • Ability to drive governance standards across infrastructures with Azure Policy
  • Advanced data security to protect your SQL footprint

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 multicloud resources, such as virtual or physical servers and Kubernetes clusters, into Azure Resource Manager. This enables you to 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.

  • Azure Arc is offered at no additional cost when managing Azure Arc enabled servers and Kubernetes. Add-on services are charged according to their respective pricing in Azure.

    Azure Arc enabled data services are in preview and offered at no additional cost at this time.

  • Read our documentation and get started with how-to guides.
  • The Azure Arc roadmap includes connecting additional infrastructure resources, like servers and Kubernetes clusters, and bringing additional Azure services to on-premises Kubernetes environments. We’ll publish new capabilities as they become available.
  • 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.

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