Enabling partners to deliver differentiated managed services
Efficiently manage multiple customer environments
Azure Lighthouse provides capabilities for cross-customer management at scale, letting partners differentiate services based on greater efficiency and automation. Extend these capabilities consistently across marketplace offers, Azure services, APIs, and licensing models.
Projection of customers’ Azure resources into your own environment
Scaled management of hundreds of customer tenants from a single environment—yours
Protection of your management IP within your environment
Granular, appropriate-level access to your customers’ resources and subscriptions
Automate and scale cloud management
Reduce manual operational tasks and scale customer management by using cross-customer management features. Maximize visibility into customers’ environments from your own environment. Simplify engagement processes, such as onboarding, through automated workflows.
Enable greater visibility and governance
Let your customers view and manage across partners from a single control plane, with precise and granular access. Build their trust by providing transparency and auditability into your activities.
Grow your market by reaching customers in new ways
Access customer resources seamlessly and accelerate onboarding through new partner offers. Manage across customer resources within all Azure services. And reach customers through the Azure Marketplace, Azure APIs, the Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager—all under whatever licensing channels your customers choose.
Enhanced security and access management
- Protection of your unique management IP within your central control plane
- Projection and delegation of customer resource data into your environment for scaling management while protecting data in individual customer tenants
- Increased transparency, auditability, and control of your activities through logs and alerts within the customer interface in the Azure portal
Azure Lighthouse usage is free
Azure Lighthouse is available at no additional charge. Note that you may incur charges for use of underlying Azure services, such as Azure Log Analytics and Security Center, while using Azure Lighthouse. If an underlying service is offered for free, you won’t be charged for using it.
Feedback from our Azure managed services provider community
“The benefits that Azure Lighthouse provides are unparalleled. This offering is a game changer for managing Azure at scale. Azure Lighthouse fits perfectly into our strategy, as it allows us to securely manage Azure resources at scale and deliver automation via programmatic options, such as Azure Resource Manager templates and APIs.”Stanislav Zhelyazkov, Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Sentia
“Azure Lighthouse will change the way we manage our customers’ Azure resources. With this set of capabilities, we’ll be able to manage all subscriptions with centralized monitoring, alerting, compliance, and security from a single portal.”Wesley Haakman, Lead Azure Architect, Intercept
“Azure Lighthouse is an innovation that simplifies our operations to help hundreds of enterprise customers transform their business.”Wolfgang Grausam, Vice President of Managed Cloud Services for Microsoft Cloud, T-Systems
“Azure delegated resource management enables Nordcloud and our managed services customers to easily provide secure access to their environment. It simplifies onboarding new managed services customers, ensuring that our high security and compliance standards are met.”Ilja Summala, Group CTO, Nordcloud
“The combination of Azure Lighthouse woven into Dynatrace’s unique capabilities, like Management Zones, deliver fine-grained access control for microservices and container environments across the entire enterprise, with a single credential.”Steve Tack, SVP Product Management, Dynatrace
“This integration with Azure Lighthouse … makes it easy for our service providers to capture new customers, remove complexity, and build out a consistent model for managing customers at scale with increased security.”Carey Stanton, VP of Global Business and Corporate Development, Veeam Software
Three ways to get started
Technical documentation and templates
Access GitHub templates demonstrating Azure Lighthouse usage with various Azure services, such as Azure Security Center and Azure Monitor.
Frequently asked questions about Azure Lighthouse
Azure delegated resource management is the foundational management technology that powers Azure Lighthouse. This core technology enables customers to delegate and explicitly provision access for a single or multiple service providers for defined resource scopes (including subscriptions and resource groups) for specific roles. It enables flexible customer onboarding via Azure Resource Manager templates and Azure Marketplace managed services offerings; simplified governance with Azure Policy and Azure Resource Graph; and cross-tenant management with access to services like Azure Security Center and Service Health.
Any Azure customer or partner can use Azure Lighthouse.
Azure Lighthouse capabilities are built upon existing Azure tools. As such, they’ll be available to diverse customer types—including managed services providers, resellers, and enterprise IT—upon Azure Lighthouse general availability.
Azure Lighthouse provides a consistent, secured multi-customer and cross-tenant experience across all management and monitoring tools on Azure—from Azure Policy to Azure Monitor to Azure Security Center.
While other cloud providers may provide cross-account access and organizational policy templates, these disparate capabilities don’t propagate to the rest of the management stack.
Azure is the only cloud provider offering consistent, centralized management and monitoring capabilities for partners to manage on behalf of customers through a single control plane and at scale. We’re the only provider enabling partners to grow their business through multiple avenues for delivering management automation—for example, through Azure Marketplace offers enabled with Azure Lighthouse.
And unlike other cloud providers, Azure allows independent software vendors and managed service providers to adopt Azure Lighthouse into joint services and solutions packages.
Azure Lighthouse capabilities apply consistently across all licensing and sales channels. You can continue to work with CSPs and use valuable new management tools. For example, the cross- and multi-customer managed service provider access framework enables granular access control and scope definition for CSPs—key to both customers and partners.
Azure Lighthouse is now available to be integrated into Azure Marketplace offerings as a managed services offer. Publish your own private or public managed service solution that can access customers’ Azure environments at the necessary level to deliver services. Commercial transaction is handled outside the Azure Marketplace, and Azure Resource Manager templates or APIs provide alternative provisioning mechanisms.
All Azure Lighthouse portal experiences are powered by APIs available through Azure Lighthouse. You can integrate these APIs into your Azure cloud management portal or your own custom portal to enhance management capabilities natively in Azure.