Azure Arc–enabled data services
Extend cloud data management for data workloads anywhere
Azure Arc–enabled data services, anywhere
Run Azure data services on premises, at the edge, and in multicloud environments on the infrastructure of your choice. Now with support for all connectivity modes, get the latest from Azure and gain elastic scale, built-in capabilities like high availability, and unified management for data workloads. Database services currently enabled by Azure Arc include Azure SQL (now generally available) and Azure PostgreSQL Hyperscale (in preview), with more coming soon.
Innovate faster while running a cloud-based database on premises or in a multicloud environment. Stay current with the latest Azure features and capabilities for data workloads without waiting 18–24 months as with traditional on-premises solutions. Updates are automatically applied according to your policies, so you’ll no longer face end-of-support disruption.
Improve agility with self-service provisioning and deprovisioning of an Azure SQL or PostgreSQL database. Quickly spin up an instance with built-in capabilities like high availability, backup, and monitoring to save time and resources compared to manual setup. Achieve greater usage transparency with a consumption-based cloud billing model for on-premises data workloads.
Introduce cloud elasticity to your on-premises data solutions with Azure Arc–enabled data services. Optimize performance by dynamically scaling your data workloads based on business demand without application downtime. Easily scale up, scale down, or scale out for more read replicas or with more nodes for sharding purposes. Pay for only what you use by elastically scaling based on your specific needs.
Gain a single view of your data across on-premises and cloud environments with unified management. 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.
Get cloud benefits regardless of where the data workloads need to run, with or without direct and continuous connection to Azure. The local Azure Arc data controller provides the full set of management features you need, including provisioning, elastic scaling, automated updates, high availability, backup, and monitoring, giving you maximum flexibility and consistency across your self-hosted environments.
Enjoy the flexibility of having both an opex and a capex model for your data workloads. Save costs with build-in capabilities and increased productivity for your database instances running in any environment. Use your current infrastructure and existing SQL Server license investment.
Azure Arc–enabled data services pricing
Azure Arc–enabled data services follow the same pricing model as those services in Azure, excluding the cost of infrastructure components from the charge. In addition, SQL Server customers can use Azure Hybrid Benefit to adopt Azure Arc–enabled SQL Managed Instance with existing SQL licensing investments.
"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
"With Azure Arc, we can deploy Azure SQL Managed Instance in our own environment for our next generation customer mobile app. This enables us to not only meet the regulatory requirements on sensitive PII, but also operate and manage databases at scale just like in Azure."Basar Kavas, Software Solutions Manager, OPET
"Azure Arc–enabled data services provides a database-as-a-service model for us to better serve our customers like OPET; they can now run data workloads outside of Azure and yet still enjoy all the Azure innovation and cloud benefits."Evren Dereci, Chief Marketing Officer, KoçSistem
"Azure Stack HCI, together with Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Arc–enabled data services, and Azure SQL Edge create a scalable platform for SKF across on-premises, cloud, and edge—all with a single pane of glass while driving costs down."Sven Vollbehr
"We see massive value with Azure Arc and the ability to bring the features and capabilities of Azure to on-premise datacenters, retail stores, and manufacturing facilities while simultaneously centralizing operations."Nick Colyer, Director of Cloud and DevOps, AHEAD
"Azure Arc simplifies multicloud deployments by bringing Azure management and security to any infrastructure. Paired with Portworx, customers can automate container storage and data management."Shawn Rosemarin, Global VP, Emerging Technology Sales
"Azure Arc is the glue that brings the power of Azure—time to market, innovation, security—to all cloud environments. It's a game-changer for realizing the promises of multicloud—from on-premises to hybrid to the intelligent edge."Brandon Ebken, CTO, Insight
"Azure Arc–enabled data services will help our customers vastly simplify the deployment, management, and governance of their data, creating an agile environment to develop breakthrough business applications running on Dell solutions."Matt Baker, SVP Strategy and Planning, Dell Technologies
Azure Arc updates, blogs, and announcements
Frequently asked questions about Azure Arc–enabled data services
Read the blog for a deep dive on the general availability announcement.
Azure SQL enabled by Azure Arc is now generally available. Azure Arc–enabled PostgreSQL Hyperscale is in preview. We will introduce more Azure data services based on customer demand.
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 brings on-premises data solutions by extending 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.
Azure SQL offers several different deployment and management options across IaaS and PaaS for the SQL Server engine hosted on Azure. While Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance provides the cloud Platform-as-a-Service benefits, SQL Server on Azure Arc-enabled servers provides capabilities similar to SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines. To help your decision-making process, learn more about making sense of Azure and Azure Arc deployment options for SQL Server.