Hybrid and multicloud solutions
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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 secure approach to innovate anywhere across your on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments.
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.
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 edge environments from a single control plane.
Get unified hybrid 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 multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions through example solution architectures
Design infrastructure for highly available virtualized and containerized workloads in remote office/branch office (ROBO) 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.
Focus on your solutions instead of the environment they run in. Azure Backup and Azure Blob Storage run in a high-availability environment, patched and supported to back up your data and applications.
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 Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel.
Customers are doing great things with Azure hybrid and multicloud solutions
Aram Lauxtermann, Director of Cloud, KPMG
"With Azure Arc, we are able to distribute solutions and workloads across multiple clouds and datacenters to support our clients that would have otherwise been bound to a datacenter."
Calvin Karundu, Software Engineer, Africa’s Talking
"With Azure Arc, we can visualize and centrally manage multiple edge locations. That means our customers can deploy services in their customers' regions—critical for reducing latency."
Kristina Melo, SQL Server Database Administrator, Ferguson
"By binding our Azure and on-premises environments together through policies and tagging, we can create a consistent way to deploy and manage our systems in a disparate environment. That's really important to us because as we become leaner as an organization, we still need to effectively manage our IT footprint."
Carsten Beckmann, Azure Project Lead, Volkswagen Financial Services
"With Azure Stack Hub and Azure DevOps, we have more opportunities for automation plus ready-to-use templates for our developers. It's a much faster environment to work in."
Marcus Schioler, Vice President of Product Marketing, Haivision
"With Azure Stack Edge Rugged, we've opened up incredible possibilities with AI and cognitive services, helping us deliver more insightful, actionable, real-time video into our customers' workflows."
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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 the intelligent cloud and intelligent 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.
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