Azure Arc–enabled data servicesPreview
Bring Azure data services to on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments
Run Azure Arc–enabled data services anywhere
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 SQL Managed Instance and Azure PostgreSQL Hyperscale enabled by Azure Arc are available in preview, with more Azure data services to come.
The latest Azure innovations, including Azure Arc–enabled SQL Managed Instance and Azure Arc–enabled PostgreSQL Hyperscale, in any environment
Automation at scale for setting up high availability and elastic scaling without application downtime
Unified management with familiar tools and a modern cloud-billing model across hybrid infrastructure
Cloud benefits like unified manageability, security features, and elastic scale for both connected and disconnected scenarios
Access the latest Azure features and capabilities for on-premises data workloads. Choose from a variety of Azure data services, including Azure Arc–enabled SQL Managed Instance, which provides evergreen SQL, and Azure Arc–enabled PostgreSQL Hyperscale. Set up automatic updates to get the latest patches and upgrades without application downtime, while still controlling rollout, based on your policy.Download the “Azure data services anywhere” infographic
Optimize performance of data workloads with cloud automation and elastic scale in your datacenter. Spin up instances in seconds and simplify database administrative tasks, like setting up high availability, with just a few clicks. Dynamically scale your data workloads based on capacity without application downtime—easily scale up or scale out for more read replicas or for sharding.Learn how to implement Azure data services in your environment
Gain a single view of your data across on-premises and cloud environments. Maintain a consistent management experience for various relational databases, such as Azure SQL and PostgreSQL. Manage the data layer with views of underlying infrastructure health and capacity for performance. All you need is a familiar tool set that includes the Azure portal, Azure Data Studio, or Azure CLI.Read more about enabling Azure management and data services outside Azure infrastructure
Protect data workloads in your environment using Azure Security Center advanced threat protection and vulnerability assessment. Easily set security policies, resource boundaries, and role-based access control for multiple data workloads across your hybrid infrastructure.
Support for disconnected scenarios
Access the same Azure benefits with or without direct and continuous cloud connection. The local Azure Arc data controller provides a full set of management features—including provisioning, elastic scaling, automated updates, high availability, backup, and monitoring—in your self-hosted environment.Learn more about Azure hybrid solutions
Azure Arc–enabled data services is in preview
At this time, there is no cost to use this service.
"Ford welcomed the opportunity to participate in the private preview of Azure Arc–enabled data services. We are always looking at new and different tools to improve delivery speed of database services to our customers with on-premise metered consumption and self-service."
"With Azure Arc we are able to distribute solutions and workloads across multiple clouds and data centers to support our clients that would have otherwise been bound to a data center."Aram Lauxtermann, Director, Cloud, KPMG
"For me, the main benefit is that my managers do not have to go to three different places to see the health of our database environment. I want to reinforce this over and over again because that's what's driving us."Kristina Melo, SQL Database Administrator, Ferguson
Azure Arc updates, blogs, and announcements
Frequently asked questions about Azure Arc–enabled data services
Check out the deep dive blog on the preview announcement here.
Azure Arc–enabled SQL Managed Instance and Azure Arc–enabled PostgreSQL Hyperscale are now in preview. More Azure data services will be available over time.
You’ll need a Kubernetes cluster as the orchestrating fabric in the environment to run Azure data services on the hardware of your choice. We’ll work with major Kubernetes distributions as supported options.
Azure Arc automates database management tasks for management at scale. Fast provisioning, on-demand elastic scale, patching, setting up high availability, backup and restore, and monitoring are available out of the box. Azure Arc also enables you to extend advanced data security, Azure Backup, Azure Monitor, Azure Policy, and Azure role-based access control for databases running in your environment. For more information, download the infographic.
Install the prerequisite Azure Arc data controller in your environment before provisioning Azure data services and using management capabilities. Get started with an Azure account here.
Azure data services running in hybrid environments will use a cloud billing model. Additionally, SQL Server customers will be able to use their existing licensing investments to adopt Azure Arc–enabled SQL Managed Instance. Detailed information on pricing and the purchase model will be provided at general availability.
Go to the Azure hybrid overview.
Check out the KPMG customer story here.
For some years Microsoft Azure has been offering several different deployment and management choices for the SQL Server engine hosted on Azure. With the release of the Azure Arc support for SQL Server, the range of different options has grown even further. This article should help you make sense of the different choices and assist in your decision-making process.