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Azure Arc–enabled data services

Extend real-time insights from edge to cloud

A set of technologies that extends Azure data services anywhere

With data services from Azure Arc, bring the best of Azure to any infrastructure, across any environment. Extend Azure SQL Managed Instance across your on-premises, edge, and multicloud environments. Unify, manage, and secure your databases consistently for innovation at scale.

Business Critical service tier delivers unlimited compute, memory, and scalability without compromising availability
Deployment in any environment using familiar tools, and cloud billing to easily manage your entire IT environment
Enterprise-level resiliency and automated failover with near-zero downtime to help ensure your business is always running
Support for data workloads with cloud benefits, even in environments without continuous and direct Azure connectivity

Accelerate innovation faster while running a cloud-based database on premises or in a multicloud environment. Keep your databases always up to date with the latest Azure features and capabilities instead of waiting up to 24 months for traditional on-premises solutions. Updates are automatically applied so you'll no longer face disruptive end of support.

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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 with manual setup. Achieve greater usage transparency with a consumption-based cloud billing model for on-premises data workloads.

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Optimize performance by scaling your data workloads based on business demand without application downtime. Easily scale up, down, or out for more read replicas. Pay only for what you use by elastically scaling based on your 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.

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Extend cloud benefits wherever 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, scaling, automated updates, high availability, backup, and monitoring—for maximum flexibility and consistency across your self-hosted environments.

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Remediate potential threats in real time with intelligent threat detection and proactive vulnerability assessment alerts. Get industry-leading, multilayered protection with built-in security controls.

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Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

Azure Arc–enabled data services pricing

Enjoy the flexibility of having both an OPEX and a CAPEX model for your data workloads. Reduce costs with built-in capabilities and increased productivity for your database instances running in any environment. Use your current infrastructure and existing SQL Server license investment. SQL Server customers can use Azure Hybrid Benefit to adopt Azure Arc–enabled SQL Managed Instance with existing SQL licensing investments.

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Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 40+ other services that are always free.

After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.

After 12 months, you'll keep getting 40+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

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Frequently asked questions about Azure Arc–enabled data services

  • Read the blog for more information on directly connected mode for Azure Arc–enabled data services.
  • Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance is generally available—learn about the new service tiers. Azure Arc–enabled PostgreSQL is in preview. More Azure data services will be introduced 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. This solution works with major Kubernetes distributions as supported options.
  • Azure Arc automates database management tasks for management at scale. Get fast provisioning, on-demand elastic scale, patching, setting up high availability, backup and restore, and monitoring out of the box. Azure Arc also brings data solutions on premises 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, see the infographic.
  • Azure SQL offers several deployment and management options for the SQL Server engine hosted on Azure. While Azure Arc–enabled SQL Managed Instance provides cloud platform as a service (PaaS) benefits, SQL Server on Azure Arc–enabled servers provides capabilities similar to SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines. Learn more about Azure and Azure Arc deployment options for SQL Server.

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