Hybrid and multicloud solutions

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Customer environments are becoming increasingly complex, with many apps often running on different hardware across on-premises, multicloud, and the edge. Managing these disparate environments at scale, ensuring uncompromised security, and enabling developer agility are critical to success.

Azure uniquely helps you meet these challenges, giving you the flexibility to innovate anywhere in your hybrid environment while operating seamlessly and securely.

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Manage, govern and secure servers, Kubernetes clusters and apps seamlessly across on-premises, multicloud and the edge 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.

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 compute, storage, and intelligence of Azure to IoT devices. Run machine learning and advanced analytics at the edge to gain real-time insights.

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Build and deploy a truly consistent app experience everywhere in your hybrid cloud.


Seamlessly migrate, manage, and analyze data across your digital estate. Run Azure data services where you need them.


Manage, govern, and secure IT resources across on-premises, multicloud, and the edge from a single control plane.


Get unified security management and advanced threat protection for all your workloads across on-premises, Azure, and other cloud environments.


Give users a seamless, single sign-on experience across cloud, mobile, and on-premises apps by managing access with a unified identity platform.


Make Azure an extension of your existing network, securely connecting distributed workloads and locations at a global scale.

Build hybrid and multicloud solutions through example solution architectures

Azure Arc hybrid configuration management

Azure Arc allows you to manage your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside of Azure on your corporate network or other cloud provider, similarly to how you manage native Azure virtual machines.

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Back up on-premises applications and data to cloud

This solution is built on the Azure managed services: Backup Server, Azure Backup and Blob Storage. These services run in a high-availability environment, patched and supported, allowing you to focus on your solution instead of the environment they run in.

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Connect an on-premises network to Azure using a VPN gateway

Extend a network from on premises or from Azure Stack into 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.

View all hybrid networking solution architectures

Integrate on-premises Active Directory domains with Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based multi-tenant directory and identity service. This reference architecture shows best practices for integrating on-premises Active Directory domains with Azure AD to provide cloud-based identity authentication.

View all hybrid identity solution architectures

Hybrid Security Monitoring using Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel

Use Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel to monitor the security configuration and telemetry of on-premises and Azure operating system workloads.

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Hybrid connectivity with Azure Stack Hub

Hybrid cloud apps are a single system that has components running in both Azure and Azure Stack. This solution blueprint is relevant to establishing connectivity for any application that involves communications between Azure and on-premises components.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Hybrid cloud is a computing environment that combines public cloud and on-premises infrastructure including private cloud by allowing data and applications to be shared between them. Hybrid cloud gives organizations more deployment options and greater flexibility to scale computing resources and take advantage of cloud innovation while offering interoperability with on-premises environment. With multicloud and edge computing emerging in recent years, hybrid cloud is 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 investment, addressing low latency and edge workloads, and increasing resilience and business continuity.

  • Multicloud is the use of multiplecloud computing services from more than one cloud provider —whether it is a private or public cloud—in a heterogeous environment. Many organizations adopt a multicloud strategy to gain greater flexibility and mitigate risk because it gives them the ability to choose different services from different cloud providers best suited for a specific task or take advantage of services offered by a particular cloud provider in a particular geography.

    Multicloud requires skillsets in understanding different clouds, which becomes challenging when companies are facing a shortage of cloud talent. 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 is to bring the computing power of the cloud to 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.

    With edge computing, customers can run VMs, containers, and data services at edge locations. 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 can deliver immersive user experience through highly responsive and contextually aware apps.

    At Microsoft, we believe we are in the era of intelligent cloud intelligent edge, where the massive computing power of the cloud combined with increasingly connected and perceptive edge technologies are unlocking new business scenarios across all industries at a speed we’ve never seen before. Azure offers an intelligent, consistent, and comprehensive platform from cloud to edge to power these new possibilities.

  • Businesses with a successful hybrid and multicloud strategy take a comprehensive approach and run distributed environments like a single environment with consistent experience across locations. Such a hybrid environment allows developers build apps with the same APIs and tools, and deploy apps seamlessly across different locations. A successful hybrid and multicloud architecture also provides a unified way to manage, secure and govern IT resources across on-premises, multicloud and the edge. 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.

    The Azure hybrid cloud takes a comprehensive approach and offers proven hybrid and multicloud capabilities across application development, data, management, security, identity, and networking. Products such as Azure Arc and the Azure Stack portfolio enable customers to bring innovation anywhere across on-premises, multicloud and the edge while operating seamlessly and securely.

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