Hybrid and multicloud solutions
Get the consistency and flexibility to innovate anywhere, across on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments.
Innovation anywhere with Azure
Enable remote work, take advantage of cloud innovation, and maximize your existing on-premises investments by relying on an effective hybrid and multicloud approach. Azure provides a holistic, seamless, and more secure approach to innovate anywhere across your on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments.
Manage and govern with a single control plane
Manage, govern, and help secure servers, Kubernetes clusters, and apps seamlessly across on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments from a single place.
Bring always-up-to-date Azure services to any infrastructure and benefit from elastic scale, automation, unified management, and industry-leading security.
Modernize on-premises infrastructure
Build and deploy cloud-native apps in your own datacenter. Consolidate on-premises virtualized apps on cloud-connected hyperconverged infrastructure with the best price-performance.
Bring the compute, storage, and intelligence of Azure to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Run machine learning and advanced analytics at the edge to gain real-time insights.
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Give users a seamless, single sign-on experience across cloud, mobile, and on-premises apps by managing access with a unified identity platform.
Build multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions through example solution architectures.
Get started quickly with Azure Arc–enabled servers with automation built in. This landing zone ensures quality deployments with best practices and implementation guidelines to govern, secure, and operate hybrid and multicloud environments.
Design infrastructure for highly available virtualized and containerized workloads in remote office/branch office scenarios.
Manage your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside of Azure on your corporate network or other cloud provider, similar to how you manage native Azure virtual machines.
Extend a network from on-premises or from Azure Stack to an Azure virtual network using a site-to-site virtual private network (VPN). Traffic flows between the on-premises network and Azure through an IPsec VPN tunnel or through the Azure Stack multitenant VPN gateway.
Use Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), a cloud-based multitenant directory and identity service, to provide cloud-based identity authentication.
Monitor the security configuration and telemetry of on-premises and Azure operating system workloads using Microsoft Defender for Cloud and Microsoft Sentinel.
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Frequently asked questions
Hybrid cloud computing refers to a computing environment that combines public cloud and on-premises infrastructure, including private cloud, by allowing data and applications to be shared between them. It gives you more deployment options and greater flexibility to scale computing resources and take advantage of cloud innovation, while offering interoperability with your on-premises environment. It’s evolving to include multicloud environments and edge infrastructure.
Organizations choose a hybrid cloud approach for many reasons, such as meeting regulatory and data sovereignty requirements, maximizing on-premises technology investments, addressing low latency and edge workloads, and strengthening resilience and business continuity.
Multicloud computing refers to the use of multiple cloud computing services from more than one cloud provider—including private and public clouds—in a heterogeneous environment. A multicloud strategy provides greater flexibility and mitigates risk. Choose services from different cloud providers best suited for a specific task, or take advantage of services offered by a particular cloud provider in a specific location.
Multicloud computing requires understanding different clouds, which can be challenging. A multicloud approach also adds operational complexity. Therefore, it’s important to choose a cloud platform such as Azure that embraces a multicloud approach and offers product capabilities that help significantly simplify multicloud management.
Edge computing refers to bringing the computing power of the cloud to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, close to where the data resides, to reduce latency and gain real-time insights. The proliferation of smart sensors and connected devices, combined with advanced cloud technologies such as machine learning and AI, makes edge computing a reality.
Run virtual machines, containers, and data services at edge locations using edge computing. By moving certain workloads to the edge of the network, devices spend less time communicating with the cloud, react more quickly to local changes, operate reliably even in extended offline periods, and deliver an immersive user experience through highly responsive and contextually aware apps. Read more about innovating from cloud to edge.
A successful hybrid and multicloud architecture provides a unified way to manage, secure, and govern IT resources across on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments. Running hybrid and multicloud in a durable way also means enabling consistent database choices and architectures across environments so you can easily move application data where you need it and manage it holistically.
Easily migrate your workloads to Azure
Choose a flexible migration path that supports your hybrid cloud strategy. Build an optimal migration plan using a broad set of tools covering assessment, migration, optimization, and management.