Microsoft had an advanced showcasing of Azure Arc at the Ignite conference. The Azure Arc lets its users manage their tools and data service on almost any platform, which includes its competition such as AWS and Google Cloud.
Azure’s management capabilities have really been stretched by this service to Linux and Windows servers and Kubernetes clusters on any infrastructure across on-premises, multi-cloud and edge.
Developers can build containerized apps by using Azure Arc tools. This helps IT teams to deploy, configure and manage uniformity in their apps using GitOps-based configuration management.
Cloud security also becomes a lot easier when you use Azure Arc with security policies and centralized access control.
“With Azure Arc, customers can now realize the benefits of cloud innovation, including always up-to-date data capabilities, deployment in seconds (rather than hours), and dynamic scalability on any infrastructure. Customers now have the flexibility to deploy Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale where they need it, on any Kubernetes cluster. From the Azure portal, customers get a unified and consistent view of all their Azure data services running across on-premises and clouds and can apply consistent policy, security and governance of data across environments. Customers can get limitless scale by seamlessly spinning up additional Kubernetes clusters in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) if they run out of capacity on-premises.” Azure’s corporate vice president, Julia White had explained in a blog.
To let customers build out their hybrid cloud deployments across various platforms, Azure Arc uses Kubernetes.
Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for Postgresql Hyperspace are currently the only two Azure service users will have the ability to intergrate with other infrastructure providers. Overtime, this could soon be extended to other Azure services.